April Fools Day Parade in Manhattan

Did you even know there was an April Fools Day Parade in New York City? Well there is one and it’s happening this Friday, April 1st at 12 noon beginning at Fifth Ave. and 59th St. Rain or shine.

A little history of the festivities from the website:

The New York April Fools’ Day Parade was created in 1986 to remedy a glaring omission in the long list of New York’s ethnic and holiday parades. These events fail to recognize the importance of April 1st, the day designated to commemorate the folly of mankind. In an attempt to bridge this gap and bring people back in touch with their inherent foolishness, the parade annually crowns a King or Queen of Fools from parading look-alikes. The King of Fools from the 2010 parade was Glenn Beck.

A little about what happens at the end:

As the parade ends at Washington Square Park, the party begins, featuring live music, food, concessions & entertainment. McDonald’s will be serving kiddie meals with a prize of cadmium-laced Shrek glasses. The TSA booth will be offering free Polaroids of your naked body scan. Mel Gibson will be distributing a CD of his “Best Rants Against Blacks, Jews and My Wife”. The Texas School Board will be giving away rewritten textbooks portraying their own version of history. Texas Representative Deborah Riddle will host a day care booth for “terror” babies born to illegal immigrants. The Times Square Car Bomber Faisal Shahzad will be giving a how-to demonstration using recalled Toyotas. A clandestine U.S. Psy Ops booth, posing as a Hawaii time-share office, will convert all visitors into war-mongering hawks; Free massages will be available, sponsored by Vice President Al Gore.

A little about your role in the whole thing:

The public is encouraged to participate, in or out of costume, with or without floats, and may join the procession at any point along the parade route. Floats can be no wider than 10′ and no longer than 30′. They can be self-propelled, towed, pushed or pulled. Customized bicycles, tricycles, baby carriages and aerial balloons are welcome. All participants are costumed look-alikes, and the Parade Committee assumes no liability for damages caused by satire. Parade floats and marchers must be at 59th Street and Fifth Ave no later than 11:30 a.m.

And of course, it being April Fools’ Day, the disclaimer that I have no idea if this is real or not. Good luck!

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