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Parades and Festivals

Bosch Parade





Explanation here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 04, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Parades and Festivals, Surrealism, Europe

Go Topless Day:  August 28, 2016



Needless to say, bare chestal areas of XX-chromosome carriers in video and at homepage.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Aug 28, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Censorship, Bluenoses, Taboos, Prohibitions and Other Cultural No-No's, Holidays, Parades and Festivals

Carnival in Trinidad:  Then and Now





I don't mean to sound like an Old Fart, but the 1957 Carnival just seems to me so much more charming and weird and ingenious--look at those bipedal seahorses with the mermaid--than the current version, which seems to be about nothing more than bare flesh. Maybe the 2015 videographer simply did not film the weird costumes--but then again, every other video of the 2015 carnival on YouTube features the exact same stuff. Now, I like bare flesh as much as the next voyeur, but I would really prefer to see a papier-mache Godzilla any day.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 10, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Costumes and Masks, Music, Parades and Festivals, Sexuality, Outsider Art, Foreign Customs, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures, 2010s, 1950s, Caribbean, Body Painting

Earmuff Parade

The people of Farmington, Maine recently held an earmuff parade. They've been doing this annually for the past 39 years to honor their most famous one-time resident, Chester Greenwood, inventor of the earmuff. He came up with the idea at the age of 15, while ice skating. WMUR.com




Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 16, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Parades and Festivals

Boryeong Mud Festival



Can you get to Korea today for this week-long "adventurous silt extreme training experience"?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 19, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Hygiene, Parades and Festivals, Asia

Sheboygan Brat Days





August is practically here! Don't forget to head to beautiful Sheboygan for their annual Brat Days celebration. The first video tells the schedule for two years ago, but I can't imagine it will be too different in 2013, although on the other hand, it's their big 60th anniversary!

Plus, as you can see in the second video, they even feature sexy pole dancing!


Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 19, 2013 - Comments (6)
Category: Food, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, Public Indecency, Dance

Hadaka Matsuri:  Annual Japanese “Naked Festival”




Read the full story here.

No full monty, just semi-bare male butts.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 21, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Parades and Festivals, Asia, Nudism

The Wellingborough Carnival

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The town of Wellingborough, UK, has been holding a carnival for over 100 years. The old affairs certainly featured things that look weird to us today. Here's a photo album to peruse.

And the Wellingborough Carnival home page reveals this year's affair is on July 7th! Plenty of time to make your plans to attend!

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 22, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Holidays, Parades and Festivals, Weird Theory, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Europe

American Legion Parades of Yore



Today, the average upstanding citizen is a pale shadow of his or her riotous ancestors. We don't drink as much or smoke as much or act goofy in public as much (despite the roll call of weird behaviors as collected by our Fearless Leader, Chuck.)

Look at this boring clip of a contemporary American Legion parade from last year.

Then view this account from 1947, when randy old codger Legionnaires rode bucking ATVs through the streets, poured water from hotel windows, and shocked innocent women with cattle prods (probably the very ones sold through Johnson Smith catalogs, as shown earlier on WU).

Now, answer truly: which era would you rather live in?

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 27, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Clubs, Fraternities and Other Self-selecting Organizations, Hobbies and DIY, Parades and Festivals, 1940s, Pranks

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