The parade is the solemn procession of people or technology. Usually this is a military event, at which the state demonstrates its strength. A classic example is the parades on Red Square. The history of these events is quite ancient, something like that was held in Egypt, Persia.
In modern times, the parades have acquired a different meaning and content. It is rather a demonstration of peaceful people who demonstrate their hobbies, unusual appearance or simply celebrate unusual holidays. Such parades are liked by both participants and spectators. About the most bizarre events of this kind, and worth telling in more detail.
The shortest parade in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
Parades in honor of St. Patrick’s Day are held in different parts of the world. The very first and most famous was held in 1762 in New York. However, Hot Springs from Alabama has also become famous for such an event. Here the parade in honor of the holiday was the shortest. Participants must pass only about 30 meters along Bridge Street, one of the shortest streets in the world. The idea of such a parade was born in a truly Irish style, in a pub in 2003. And the next year a miniature street hosted the event. Participants are not forbidden to fool around, taking into account the theme of the holiday. So, there appear dressed in green Elvis, representing the “Order of Irish marching Elvis”, people go in the costumes of pickled vegetables, presenting Irish pickles. Despite the length of the route, up to 40 groups take part in the parade. On this day in the town there are many other festive events. So, in the contest “Stone Kiss” winner is guaranteed $ 100 if he can most passionately kiss a three-ton piece of Arkansas sandstone.
Men’s parade in women’s shoes.
The international event is designed to improve public awareness of sexual violence and gender inequalities. The organizers decided to declare themselves in an unusual way. Men will be forced to feel like women for a while. To do this, participants wear high-heeled shoes and in this form will go a mile. The fact is that there is an old saying: “You can not understand another person until you pass a mile in his shoes.” It should be noted that the events are already becoming traditional, taking place every time in different cities of the country. Frank W. Baird came up with parades in women’s shoes in 2001. At first it was just a small group of activists, today it is a whole world movement with tens of thousands of participants and a fund of millions of dollars. The fact is that the problem of female rape is also a male problem too. It’s stress for relatives and friends. Organizers assure that the parade is not only an important social event, but also a pleasure – not all participants can long balance on their heels. Japanese Vaginal Festival.
Festival of the Japanese vagina.
Every second Sunday in March in Inuyama, this strange procession is taking place. Many people have heard about the Penis Festival in Japan, but its antipode Ososo Matsuri runs around this time, attracting not so many guests. The meeting of spring is accompanied by a holiday of fertility. The parade is dedicated not only to women’s health, but also to abundant harvest and prosperity. Participants wear significant costumes, in the course there are specific souvenirs. And no embarrassment – it’s so natural!
Parade of thousands of clowns.
Relation to clowns is twofold – this is either a cheerful friend, or an incarnate nightmare. Red Skelton (1913-1997) tried to leave a memory of himself and his work, creating a museum of American comedy. And that people will learn more about this institution, in the city of Vicennes, Indiana will host a festival of clowns. It will be the brightest and most cheerful parade in the whole of America, anyone can register and take part in it (in the appropriate outfit). Those who fear the clowns turned into a phobia, it is better to stay away from such a parade.
Parade of the Mermaids.
In Coney Island, New York, since 1983 this unusual and colorful parade has been held annually. Each year, participants dress in accordance with the marine theme, choosing the Queen of Mermaids as a result. The main clothes here are swimming trunks and swimsuits. The most daring “mermaids” wear very little, covering the intimate places with shells or choosing skin-tight body clothes. The parade is also attended by motorized floating facilities. 1500 adorable participants go before the eyes of 750 thousand spectators! This procession pursues the following goals: it introduces elements of a fairy tale and myths into the lives of local residents, makes the traditionally inconspicuous area the center of attention of tourists and allows creative individuals to express themselves in this way. And invented a parade of mermaids artists. This is an American version of the summer solstice, in addition, water festivals have traditionally been held in West Africa, Ancient Rome and Greece. The parade pays tribute to the Coney Island festival of Mardi Gras, which was held in the area at the beginning of the 20th century. Then Coney Island was the main entertainment place in New York.
Every year, starting in 1978 in Pasadena, California, one of the strangest parades takes place. It is from him that they take the example of other similar and insane events. Here the green light is given to eccentrics and satirists. The idea of the parade was born several barbers, as an alternative to the traditional Rose parade, also taking place in Pasadena. Nowadays many colorful figures take part in the parade, which gather in whole groups – this is the Army of toy soldiers, and the drill team of invisible people, the March of the lumberjacks. In August 1935, even an exhibition dedicated to this parade was opened. According to his example and in other cities of the country, equally eccentric activities are being held – in Columbus, Ocean City.
World Naked Bike Ride.
In March, many events in the world will host such events. What strange and unusual parades without naked people? In this case, it’s not just about a couple of naked people walking alongside, but about thousands of cyclists! The main goal of such a march is to raise awareness about such an amazing transport as a bicycle. After all, its use will allow at least partially to abandon the oil dependence. At the same time, participants are not required to uncover, but young people and old people, fat and thin, are not afraid to show their flesh. The parade takes place in London and Madrid, Mexico City and San Francisco.
Parade of love.
This parade, held in Berlin since 1989, can be considered the largest in the world, taking place on city streets. For two decades now tourists from all over the world have been coming here to show their love. For the first time, only 150 people left for the streets of the German capital in 1989, this was a political action for peace and international cooperation through love and music. Over time, the number of participants grew so much that the love parade had to be moved to other cities. In 2008, 1.6 million people gathered in Dortmund, making the event the largest in the world. But after the next parade in the crush killed 21 people and 500 more was wounded, the organizers decided not to hold such an event anymore. This was done out of respect for the victims of the parade, originally peaceful. But the Parade of Love was a breath of fresh air in the post-communist period. Nobody prevented young people from dressing eccentrically and demonstrating their sexual preferences openly. Participants dressed in bright and holy, in feathers and latex. And electronic dance music entertains people.
Parade of gay IT companies.
Gay parades have already become an integral part of urban life. In 2012, along the central streets of New York and on Market Street in San Francisco, employees of such well-known IT companies as Facebook, Google, Electronic Arts and Zynga took place.Participants carried with them rainbow flags of sexual minorities, decorating themselves with the logos of these companies. In San Francisco alone, there were more than 400 participants. Rainbow decorated company logos, buses, umbrellas. I must say that the leadership of information giants is very tolerant to sexual minorities. Facebook claims to support diversity in its various forms. It is no coincidence that the company even has a professional union Gay @ Facebook. And Google supports their gay employees, as well as their family members. Both companies do their best to make it easier for people of non-standard sexual orientation to communicate in social networks, to search for the necessary information. That’s why this parade was organized.