Ypsi Heritage Fest parade

Ypsi’s Heritage Festival is this weekend, and this morning was the big parade. I love parades in Ypsi. They’re insane and beautiful. They’re a little pieces of Libertarian paradise. Anyone who wants in, can get in. Or, at least that’s how it seems to me. One minute, John and Debbie Dingell roll by, and, the next, you’re looking at people dressed in roadkill. It’s kind of magical…. Here are a few photos.






While it was a hell of a good time, I don’t think it was perfect. Perfection, however, could have been easily achieved. All we needed was a float full of disabled children with signs saying, “Please don’t let John Dingell and Barack Obama kill us.”

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  1. Produce chick
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I think the ypsi co-op, ypsi food co-op, growing hope, bike-ypsi, and city chickens float really exemplifies that “Libertarian paradise.” We had babies, live animals, people dressed in dead animals, bees on bikes, fruits & veggies, people dressed like fruits & veggies… Makes me proud to live in this town.

  2. watching laughing
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Looks and sounds like a Democratic parade and city; where people can interact with each other. Doesn’t matter what you’re into.
    A breath of Fresh air away from the Crusty old Dinosaurs; who continue at any cost necessary, to keep us in the dark ages. YUCK!!!
    Let’s keep moving forward.

    Watching Laughing.

  3. Posted August 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Libertarian is the wrong word for it. It just strikes me that the parade is the kind of thing that I think my Libertarian friends would like. Lots of guns. Lots of different viewpoints being expressed. Few rules or oversight.

    Next year, I want to enter a float with a black metal band singing about evolution.

  4. JJ O
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    volunteers. wow. done by volunteers. can’t kridisize volunteers.

    too bad.

    they kill it.


    guess we’re lucky we have elephant

    ears and people







    YPSI. hERiTaGE! CLEAN COAL!!!!!!!

    Good booth.



    Thanks for that.

  5. Lisele
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Riding in circles on a bike with a broken seat while wearing a bee suit waving and shouting, “I’m a HONEY bee! Support honey bees! Honey bees are gentle! Votes for honey bees! Give bees a chance!” was easier than it looked.

  6. David N.
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Are the strip clubs allowed to participate?

  7. Steph
    Posted August 24, 2009 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I don’t think most strippers would like the idea of being identified as such in broad daylight, in front of thousands. But what if we had a judge that sentenced convicted Johns to walk in the parade. That would be cool.

  8. Posted August 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Yes, we should get all the Johns involved, and the local sex offenders. They should be forced to learn instruments and perform in a marching band. And every fetish should have a float. Furrys. Adult babies. You name it. And there should be a giant, animatronic goatsee.

  9. Posted August 25, 2009 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I feel the same way about the parade.

    As we walked down Cross St to the parade route, my heart was warmed by a nice bit of -tucky graffitti. Not terribly artistic, but totally unexpected.

  10. Jill
    Posted August 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Did the “Hosanna” singing church group have a float this year? Alas, Cody and I were unable to attend this year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psjw2A8DbHs

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