Thoughts for 2009:
to be awesome at standing out in a parade
By Melissa Starker (Columbus Alive)
With Pride Parade and Doo Dah Parade coming up July 4, you might be in the mood to get in the lineup and
say it loud, whatever "it" may be. Below, a few tips to make a memorable impression.
1. Start simply
though you're moving slowly, you're still moving. If you're trying to get a message across, especially if it's
a political statement, it's best to sum it up in five words or less. If you put it on a sign, make sure it's clearly
readable from a distance.
2. Be colorful
Comfort should always be factored in on a long walk, but that
doesn't mean you can't be dazzling. If you're not afraid of exhibitionism, skin always gets noticed. Stripes,
neons, sequins, feathers and silk flowers are also parade-appropriate, or you can kick it grade-school with tissue paper flowers.
Get florist wire or green pipe cleaners and sheets of colored tissue paper from a crafts store. Cut the tissue
into squares about five by seven inches or smaller. Layer several squares and accordion-fold them together. Take a piece of
wire or pipe cleaner, pinch the tissue at the center, fold the wire in half over the pinch and twist-tie it tightly. Then
fluff the tissue layers up and apart to give the appearance of a carnation. Use the excess wire to affix the flower to your
shoes, fingers, belt loops or tank top straps. If you want to go all out, attach some chicken wire to yourself and have at
3. Don't be shy
Work the crowd. Wave frequently, Come up with a catchy chant
to repeat and get onlookers to say it with you. Strutting can work if done right.
If you're parading in any kind of motorized vehicle, carry a supply of items to bestow upon the crowd along
the way. They'll go wild. The Pride and Doo Dah parade lines have yielded everything from candy to rape whistles to Natural
Light tall boys (we wouldn't recommend that one).
We agree with everything Melissa said,
except the "throwing things". Doo Dah's broken that bad habit and would like to stick with it. If
you're walking, and you can "hand" something to a spectator, that's fine.