Fantasy Fest Parade
October 31, 2010
Fantasy Fest Parade
Scott, Inga & Wendy
Jumping in mid-parade was a bit disorienting at first, but Kathy & I quickly gained our bearings and it was business as usual as the parade headed around the corner on Whitehead Street down Front Street and on to the main drag of Duval Street. We had somewhere just under 200 people with our group, mostly familiar faces and friends. Our ranks were swelled a little since neither our friends at Lazy Dog or Cayman Smith-Martin organized floats this year.
Elizabeth & Michael
There were still over 56 entries and by the time the parade reached us, it was already in the slow-going mode that has evolved the past couple of years. The going was very slow on Duval Street as floats got backed up while passing the media stop in front of the La Concha and at the judging stand just past Truman.
Autumn & Suzyjo
Todd & Lisa
None of it mattered much to our group, who had no organized routine or structured placement of riders, the only instruction was for the pairs of the anARKey float was to try to stay together as much as possible. The results were mixed, with some pairs doing a great job…and others (like us) not doing such a great job.
It was tough to try to keep track of Kathy as well as to try and photograph the chaos. Also the 5 kegs of beer and two port-a-potties kept people flocking on to the float through-out the evening. Having two actual port-o-lets was a new experience and a far cry from the old bucket of years gone by. In fact this year’s float was top notch all around.
Carla & Kathy
The crowd was huge, but it definitely seemed to be down from previous years. There were a few gaps and even along the main drag, the depth of viewers was nowhere near what I have seen in past years. The good news was that the crowd seemed way better behaved than it has of late. We saw far less overt nudity and graphic sexual depictions, especially compared to last year.
What we did see was our friends having a great time, other than a few minor personality dramas which are to be expected on a float with 200 people drinking for hours, the parade and our float going off with-out a hitch. People seemed to love our theme and I know the people on the float had a great time. Kathy & I were really glad that we made the decision to join in once again. Watching the parade is fun, but nothing comes close to actually participating.
Bethany & Eliza
Rick threatened, as he does every year, that this was his final year doing a float. The entire event is moving away from its fly by the seat of your pants, anything goes mode of the past and becoming much more corporate and structured. Long-time Parade coordinator Judy Bradford is retiring after this year and changes are coming.
We sure hope that maybe Rick will reconsider and that the funky spirit that he brings to the parade will not be lost, but whatever happens I want to thank Judy, Rick, Steve, David, Hutch and all the collection of kooky folks we call our friends for 15 magical years and an Ark-full of incredible experiences and memories.