We're bringing the Peoples Joy Parade back to the Cherokee St. Cinco de Mayo festival, now for the 3rd year in a row!
The Art Processional along el Calle Cherokee @ 1:11pm on May 7th, 2011
The People's Joy Parade is a grassroots, diverse, processional of crepe paper float makers, home made costume fashionistas, b-boys/girls, midnight minstrels, Gigante puppeteers, low-riders, bike brigades, moving installation artists, Elvis impersonators, cardboard bricoleurs, rainbow dancers, knights of St. Louis, drag queens, beat making high school marching bands, Mexican wrestlers, galleries in a minivan, improvised hurdy gurdies, Virgins of Guadalupe, walking personifications of Commodore's tunes, and any other lost members of the Missouri tribe.
Imagine the doors of your neighborhood all opening one day, and everyone marching outside in their finest homespun threads!
The busy bees behind this year's Parade and the Cinco de Mayo festival are buzzing loudly to make it happen again, and to make our Parade an enduring tradition! While each year has presented challenges in making ends meet, first with a small arts grants, and then with a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, this year we Paraders are stretching to fill our grown-up shoes. We're bringing the same Gigante puppets, the Footbeat choir, the educational workshops, and the carnival of home-spun curiosities, but this year also offers new challenges like a parade permit and event insurance.
We will use our Kickstarter funds to compensate artists and parade organizers for their work, for materials used in puppet/costume creation, for printed flyers/posters, and also for the logistical administrativa like permits. Although the spirit and soul of this parade can fit on no budget, we are committed to making the act of parade a recurring phenomenon that slowly morphs our ancient St. Louis streetscape into something unique and hard to describe!
Like last year, we'll post updates here on our parade prep throughout April at The Community Arts and Movement Project, including GIGANTES WORKSHOPS (giant puppets!), FOOTBEAT practices (a feel-good, singalong walking group of costumed crooners ), and the COSTUME SHOP (inviting neighborhood kids to amp their character!).
St. Louis is still a community in need of healing and re-growth, and our Parade is a big piece of that puzzle. We want our 2year old act of radical community inclusion to see the 2020s and beyond!
For more information about the festival or to register for the parade, visit www.cincodemayostl.com
For more information about community/educational programming, visit www.stlcamp.org
Photos generously provided by http://www.misfithue.com/
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