Monday, February 23, 2009

UNIT: Parades

Happy Mardi Gras Day! Everybody loves a parade!
A perfect setting for community.

From 1903 thru 1954 a parade called a Mardi Gras celebrated the end of the summer season on Coney Island.
Now the Summer Solstice, the first day of summer, is celebrated at the Mermaid Parade. It is the largest art parade in the United States.

Here are other kinds of parades:
Carnival in Brazil
Chinese New Year
Easter Parade
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New Orleans Mardi Gras
New York’s Village Halloween Parade
Pride Parade

New York City’s mayor loves MERMAIDS ON PARADE, he sent Melanie a note. Click on image to enlargen.

More books about parades
”Pippa At the Parade”
”Easter Parade”

Image: detail from MERMAIDS ON PARADE published GP Putnam’s Sons


Virpi said...

Happy Mardi Gras!

I love the cover of the Mermaids on Parade. While it is about summer fun, it works on any festive occassion. And, yes - it is fun, fun, fun!

Cheers, Virpi Kanervo

poemhome said...

way cool!

melanie said...

Wow! Virpi Kanervo just dropped by Chez Cyberspace, how exciting!

It's Virpi's photographs, generously loaned to me for research, that became certain elements in MERMAIDS ON PARADE. The shark for instance. Virpi is in this parade scene as the woman in the foreground wearing a pink leopard skin dress, a seashell hat, and playing tambourine. A force of nature. I want to interview her so we can find out about her other talents. How cool that you checked in, Virpi! Thanks! Please return soon.

Long Live Mardi Gras!
Hugs, M

melanie said...

Hi Douglas! Thanks!

Love Mae Day, just great! Keep up the wonderful work, your blog is fun and intelligent. Good combo!

Happy Mardi Gras Day!

Anonymous said...

Very cool to see that the mayor appreciates your work! (As well he should, too!)