Exactly ten years after one of the most traumatic events in Tulip Time history, festival-goers (and children) are finally afforded a chance to turn a negative into a positive
. Plus, the original headlines
and the awards-filled aftermath
posted by saintjoe
on May 5, 2014 -
Going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and finding yourself worried about bathroom options? Try AirPnP
. Like Airbnb, but for bathrooms. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef
on Feb 27, 2014 -
19 people were shot
at a New Orleans parade on Mother's Day, including 2 children. 3 are still in critical condition. David Dennis asks:
"So why am I allowed to go outside? Where's the city quarantine or FBI and Homeland Security presence for this act of 'terrorism'?" [more inside]
posted by Starmie
on May 16, 2013 -
In 1917 Guillaume Apollinare first coined the word Surrealism in the program notes for the ballet Parade
It was an extraordinary gathering of enormous talents with the set
, curtain and costumes
by Pablo Picasso (these pictures seldom seen and never published)
The scenario was by Jean Cocteau; and the score
by Erik Satie.
It was first performed on 18 May by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes
The audience booed and hissed
, and some in the crowd even started throwing oranges at the orchestra.
posted by adamvasco
on Mar 24, 2013 -
September 22, 1939:
In the Polish city of Brest-Litovsk (now Brest, in Belarus), "a monumental military parade took place.... What is unusual is that the parade was held not by the Polish army, but by the soviet Red Army and the Nazi German Wehrmacht – together
." The excellent blog Poemas del río Wang
(which usually features gorgeous illustrations from books) provides historical context, many photos, posters, and cartoons, even a five-minute official German newsreel (the parade takes up the first half). The event itself is a historical footnote, but in Russia, with the "cult of the victory of Soviet people and of the Soviet state in WWII," the very idea of it was anathema and it was denied until last year. [more inside]
posted by languagehat
on Sep 27, 2009 -
It's Parade Day,
the culmination of the island's biggest and best party of the year, Key West's Fantasy Fest 2008
. It's a small party, (in that Key West is only 4-by-2 miles in size), but it increases Key West's population from 27,000 to over 100,000! What's the attraction? Well aside from the body painting
], casual debauchery [NSFW, GGW, and possible WTF]
, great freakin' music
, freaks getting freaky over freak nakedness
, photo ops
], and a pretty much non-stop outrageous gay-straight-bi-leather-whatever One Human Family
sexy fun fun fun
] celebration, Parade Night is miles and miles/five hours of out-of-this-world partying island festival
[possible NSFW, whatchutink
]! Come now!
posted by humannaire
on Oct 25, 2008 -
Frozen Dead Guy Days
. Thousands of waving spectators line the streets of Nederland, Colo. (pop. 1,394), as a parade filled with skeletons, helmeted Vikings, pompadoured Elvises and antique hearses makes its way down First Street to mark the beginning of Frozen Dead Guy Days—a celebration that’s part Mardi Gras, part county fair, and all tongue-in-cheek.
The 2008 celebration
will be held March 7-9.
posted by amyms
on Feb 23, 2008 -
Some Wisconsin senators want to "save Milwaukee's Circus Parade by giving $1.5 million in tax dollars to the Baraboo-based Circus World Museum."
posted by Tubes
on Dec 9, 2003 -
We're in the midst of the Rose Festival
here. I'm watching the Grand Floral Parade
on tv now, since I didn't camp out last night on the sidewalk space I taped out last weekend. Yes, that really happens. From the site: The Grand Floral Parade is the second largest all-floral parade in North America and the largest, single-day spectator event in Oregon.
is the top one. They expect half a million spectators in person, and even more on TV. Are you watching this with me? What festivals and spectacles do you have in your area?
posted by verso
on Jun 8, 2002 -