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Festifools 2014: a great day for a great parade

Parade Big Heads

It was a grand day for FestiFools 2014. The sun was shining, no wind, no rain, and a boisterous crowd turned out to watch giant puppets circulate the Main Street route in downtown Ann Arbor. Such a large crowd was on hand that people were standing 5 or 6 deep in spots, which made getting around the area quite a task.

Parade Preparation

20 Minute Jim and I are no strangers to the FestiFool Parade. In 2011, we made a giant puppet of our own, of Jack and the Beanstalk. We had a great time with our puppet, but the weather was really lousy that year. Rain, wind, and a lot of blowing took a toll on many of the puppets that year; there was an emergency “tape squad” stationed in the middle of the route, but Jack, Jim and I stayed more or less dry and whole throughout the event.

Parade Big Mouth

Perhaps the organizers should look into expanding the route an additional block. Everyone– no matter how small — deserves a good view of the parade. A slightly longer route could do just that.

Parade Flaming Drums

Parade Ukeleles

FestiFools was a blast nonetheless, and we’ll be back next year to welcome the Fools of spring!

Parade Pterodactyl

Parade Another Dragon

Parade Red Dragon

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