Our friend, Joey Skaggs is up to
his yearly shenanigans again with
the 16th Annual April Fool's Day Parade
in New York City. This year's theme
is "Duck & Cover." Read
on to find out what Joey has in store.
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This year the April Fools' Day Parade
promises to be much bigger and unbelievably
better. So feel free to contribute
your own entries. If you don't want
to dress as a fool or enter a float,
please wear a burkha. There will be
a burkha fashion contest with awards
for both men and women at the end
of the parade.
See you there. Pass the word!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York April Fools' Committee
127 MacDougal Street, Suite 962
New York, New York 10012
NEW YORK CITY'S 18th ANNUAL APRIL
FOOLS' DAY PARADE
"Duck & Cover"
The eighteenth annual April Fools'
Day Coronation of the King of Fools
will be marked by a parade down Fifth
Avenue, from 59th Street to Washington
Square Park, beginning at 12 noon,
Tuesday, April 1st, 2003.
The New York April Fools' Day Parade
was formed in order to remedy a glaring
omission in the long list of New York's
annual ethnic and holiday parades.
These events fail to recognize the
importance of April 1st, the day designated
to commemorate the perennial folly
of mankind. In an attempt to bridge
that gap and bring people back in
touch with their inherent foolishness,
the parade annually crowns a King
of Fools from the parading look-alikes.
Each year, the nominations are made
by a select board under the auspices
of the April Fools' Day Committee.
The public is encouraged to participate,
in or out of costume, with or without
floats, and may join the procession
at any point along the parade route.
However, this year, the parade will
be operating under Homeland Advisory
Code Red status. Walking point, in
case of a terrorist attack, will be
red-faced look-alikes of high-profile
fools who have exploited and embarrassed
the nation, including numerous members
of the clergy, former GE CEO Jack
Welch, former ENRON CEO Kenneth Lay,
and Martha Stewart. They'll all be
singing Jimmy Reed's "Shame,
To protect the marchers and the crowd
from sniper attacks, the entire parade
route will be wrapped with military
camouflage fabric by artist Christo.
The CIA has generously offered to
provide a fly-by of missile-armed
unmanned surveillance drones for extra
This year's floats will include a
U.S. Government Reparations Float
offering IOU's to Blacks, Jews, Japanese,
Italians, Irish, Germans, Native Americans,
Hawaiians and anyone else who feels
they or their descendents have suffered
or will suffer persecution; a $50,000
Hokget Lost-Dog-at-Sea Float, featuring
a Hokget look-a-like feasting on spare
ribs on a burned-out oil tanker; a
Michael Jackson Dangling his Child
off the Balcony Float; an Anti-Terrorism
Disaster Readiness Float dispensing
anti-radiation iodine pills, small
pox inoculations, antibiotics, Valium
and a supersize coupon for McDonald's;
and the Axis of Evil Float featuring
Iraq, Iran and North Korea showing
off their latest surprise weapons
of mass destruction. Bringing up the
rear of the parade will be the Raelian
Alien Clone Hoax Float being chased
by drooling journalists.
Celebrity look-alike fools will include:
President George W. Bush, John Ashcroft,
Donald Rumsfeld, Boston's former Cardinal
Bernard Law, Senator Trent Lott, Liza
Minelli, David Geffen, Nicholas Cage
and Lisa Marie Presley.
At the end of the parade there will
be a number of booths, among them
the Hot Off the Rack Boutique Booth
featuring garments and accessories
from Winona Ryder's closet.
In a daring attempt to create world
peace through fashion by simply eliminating
identifiable targets, renowned international
designers will debut their burkha
concepts in the burkha fashion booth.
In addition, Christo's camouflage
wrap will be cut into burkhas and
auctioned to raise money for next
The King or Queen of Fools will be
chosen based on the loudest cheers
of the crowd at Washington Square
Park. The winner will reign through
March 31st, 2004.
For information contact: Joey
Skaggs, Committee Chair, at 212-254-7878