Occidental Fools’ Day Parade
Saturday, April 4, 12:00-5:00PM
parade starts at 1:00PM
at Occidental Community Center, 3920 Bohemian Highway, Occidental
parade ends and entertainment begins at 2:00PM
at Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental
Rain or shine, a flock of Fools will cavort through the sleepy town of Occidental on Saturday April 4, 2015 as the annual Fools’ Day Parade returns for the 10th year. From noon on, madcap folk will be seen gathering at the Community Center (corner of Bohemian Highway and Graton Road). Then, at 1:00PM in foolish formation they will frolic through town and down Bohemian Highway to end up in the parking circle that fronts the Occidental Center for the Arts, the sponsoring organization for this moment of mayhem. Rides, refreshments, spontaneous entertainment and surprises will ensue. Local low power FM station KOWS (107.3 FM) will be on hand to broadcast the demented din.
Unsuspecting tourists may be astonished to witness stilt-walkers, llamas, a marching band called The Hub Bub Club, and a magical mechanical green caterpillar conveyance full of smiling children called the Lunapillar. Dozens of silly participants and some pets will don their brightest costumes and conveyances to live out their most absurd fantasies for a distance of about five city blocks.
Evolved from the fertile noggin of Ramon Sender (aka Zero the Clown) in 1979; and re-invented by Kate Price in 2005, Fool’s Day has become Occidental’s signature annual event. Supported by local merchants, permitted by the county, and supervised by local fire fighters and a troop of volunteer monitors, it is a safe and fun environment for children, who used to parade through town on Halloween before Harmony School moved to Salmon Creek , leaving behind what is now the home of the art center. It is deemed appropriate that for one day at least, children are returning to the old grammar school along with a gaggle of grown-ups bent on expressing their inner child!
Each year, blessed by King of Fools Zero the Clown, three new royals are coronated. These worthies, having summoned the strength to wrench a plumbers helper from the “Bucket of Muck”, are crowned inside a coronation chamber and pronounced “King/Queen For Five Minutes”.
This year, OCA will be putting on a BBQ and an Open Mic Show in the auditorium at 2:00PM!