Come join the fun and excitement at the 5th anniversary of the FestiFools parade in downtown Ann Arbor. FestiFools is a high-energy, whimsical parade of giant papier-mâché puppets that are handcrafted by students and the community alike. Created by Mark Tucker, a professor of art at the University of Michigan’s Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, and former LHSP student Shoshanan Hurand, the main goal of this event is to bring non-art students and community members together to create and showcase art in public places. This annual parade is a huge success and has gained the support of the city of Ann Arbor, the community, and the University of Michigan who recently gave the event a permanent, 2500 square foot studio and 2 art classes devoted specifically to the event.
Want to get involved? Public help is welcomed and encouraged! You can make and enter your own puppet and add to the diversity of this unique parade. This year, local Girl Scouts have created 4 puppets that represent Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. Volunteers are always welcome to help with making the puppets, from January to April, and on the day of the parade to don a mask and hype up the crowd, animate a puppet, set-up beforehand, or clean-up afterward.
This annual parade is definitely an Ann Arbor favorite for all ages, so mark your calendar and come out for the fun. It all happens right on Main Street, between Washington and William from 4-5pm. We hope to see you there! And as always, should you have any Washtenaw County real estate needs, be sure to give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email us at email@example.com.