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Everybody loves a parade

October 23, 2009

One of the great things about living in this part of North Carolina is wallowing in the seemingly bottomless pools of creativity that some of the residents here maintain.  Folks in Chapel Hill, and to the same extent the sister communities of Carrboro and Hillsborough, are fairly well versed on environmental issues. And when these two characteristics combine, some pretty cool things happen.

For instance, this last weekend’s Friends of the Eno River Handmade Parade, in which schoolchildren and citizens get together to celebrate the local watershed by creating giant puppets and marching them down the street along with drum groups, stilt walkers and all sorts of similar visual candy.  Here are some photos of some of the more interesting creations.


Praying Mantis Puppet


Yellow-crowned Night Heron


Crazy Beaver hat

blue face

Generic bird and blue guy

White Heron

Large white heron that actually looked more like a Gannet

There will be another parade next year. We’ll certainly be there!

all photos by Greg Swick

  1. October 23, 2009 11:09 am

    This reminds me a lot of the May Day Parade in Minneapolis that is put on by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater.

  2. Nate permalink*
    October 23, 2009 11:47 am

    @Kirk- Great link. You’re right, it’s very similar.

  3. October 23, 2009 11:51 am

    Hey, nice beaver!
    Thanks. I just had it stuffed.

    The mantis and night heron are awesome.

  4. Nate permalink*
    October 23, 2009 12:09 pm

    @Patrick- You take a big chance with that quote. But you take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street or sticking your face in a fan.

    The mantis and heron were the best. But there was also a Pileated Woodpecker that we didn’t get a good shot of that was really cool also. It’s amazing what some people can do with cardboard, found items and paper mache.

  5. October 23, 2009 8:31 pm

    Wow, that YCNH is wicked good!

  6. October 23, 2009 9:44 pm

    Cool parade! If the St. Catharines Standard was covering it they would have identified the beaver as an otter!

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