Gigantes & Footbeat head to the PEOPLE’S JOY!

Posted by Lyndsey Scott on April 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Gigantes & Footbeat head to the PEOPLE’S JOY!

Yeah! Three weeks from Saturday is the 2nd annual neighborhood People’s Joy Parade!  A processional that celebrates the diversity of Zocalo Cherokee.

You are very invited to participate and support this Wowzer of a feel-good street celebration, that takes place during the Cinco de Mayo festival.

Find out how to join neighbors who’ve already contributed hundreds of dollars to the effort!

This weekend @ C.A.M.P. is gigante-building and Footbeat practice.  Here’s the full schedule of pre-parade programming. If you bring It, it will be there. SO-XO

The 2nd Annual “People’s Joy Parade”: An Art Processional Celebrating the Diversity of  Zocalo Cherokee

The People’s Joy Parade is a grassroots menagerie of crepe paper float makers, home made costume fashionistas, b-boys/girls, midnight minstrels, Gigante puppeteers, art cars, bike brigades, moving installation artists, Elvis impersonators, cardboard bricoleurs, rainbow dancers, knights of St. Louis, drag queens, beat making marching bands, Mexican wrestlers, robot makers, Virgin of Guadalupe’s, and any lost members of the Missouri tribe.

Because… parades recognize the importance of the people who make up a community.


Interactive-Art Pre-Parade Programming @ CAMP!

C.A.M.P. = The Community Arts and Movement Project
3026 Cherokee Street

FOOTBEAT: A Moving Community Sing-along including favorites like “Man in the Mirror”, “Lean on Me”, and “Dancing in the Streets”
Sunday April 18 @ 5pm
Sunday May 2 @ 5pm

GIGANTE Workshops: Learn how to build your own towering puppet from papier mache and bamboo.
RSVP Required
Saturday April 17 @ 1-3pm
Saturday April 24 @ 1-3pm

COSTUME SHOP hosted by The Finder’s Hive: Tweak your get-up or make a funny hat or mask with help from some great local artists!
Fun and free for all ages — children under 14 accompanied by an adult please, and donations welcome!
Saturday day May 1 @ 12-4pm


The People’s Joy PARADE!
Saturday May 8 @ 1:11pm
To march in the parade, please contact coordinator Sarah Paulsen at
Meet in the Black Forest Parking Lot promptly @ noon to line up!


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