Last year, some friends and I sat under the awning of a now-defunct local establishment and cheering the participants of the Fountain Square Art Parade. We were rather lonely, in that it was the wettest, coldest 4th of July I can remember, and the parade had shrunk a bit in both paraders and spectators. Nevertheless, roller derby girls, vintage fire trucks, and weirdly costumed individuals made their way through the streets of Fountain Square (if with a quicker pace than expected) to keep alive a new activity hoping to transform into a tradition. What else would give you the excuse to traipse past your neighbors in full lawn gnome regalia?
Quiet, Halloween. This isn’t about you.
Those of an artistic and creative bent should probably check out this year’s event, scheduled to coincide with the Fountain Square Art Festival and Masterpiece in a Day on September 18th. Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can see just how weird the entries can be. Between this year’s 4th of July celebrations (complete with black market trunk sales of fireworks) and the dancing bear/fairy video I saw shot on my street a few weeks ago, however, it make take a little effort to stand out from the local flair. I encourage a hearty and well-fought competition. Have at it.