FestiFools Weekend!


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  • Host Department: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program
  • Date: 03/30/2012 - 04/01/2012
  • Time: 08:00PM - 09:00PM

  • Location: FoolMoon: Bring your luminary lanterns to the front lawn of UMMA and process through the streets of Ann Arbor to Washington and Main. FestiFools: Main Street between William St. and Washington.

  • Description: FestiFools Weekend

    FoolMoon, (2nd annual) comes to life on Washington and Ashley Streets, Friday, March 30, 2012, dusk to midnight.

    FestiFools celebration (6th annual) takes place on Main Street, Sunday, April Fools Day, 4-5pm.

    FoolMoon* Lights up the Night

    FestiFools is bringing back FoolMoon, the latest and most thrilling addition to an already Foolish April FestiFools weekend!

    This sublime moonlight event features enormous processionals of hand-made illuminated sculptures carried by dancing teams of merrymakers as they thread their way downtown to the corner of Washington and Ashley streets in the heart of Ann Arbor.

    Pageant participants and revelers alike can boogie to the soul/funk dancin’-in-the-streets-party created by the Third Coast Kings after bopping to the beat of JUICE, a percussion-on-steroids drill and thrill show plus Heroes on Parade. Happy Hour (dubbed the “Five O’clock Shadow”) will feature DJ fired Salsa Dancing in front of Grizzly Peak and Sweetwaters.

    Don’t forget to savor some delicious MoonPies by Decadent Delight, buy a limited edition glow-in-the-dark FoolMoon T-shirt or sip a FoolBrew made especially for FoolMoon and served under the Grizzly Peak beer tent!

    Plus, unique street-sized shadow-puppet performances, experimental silent films, Orbit’s Crazy Luminary Hair Salon, the season opening of Mark’s Carts, and other surprises. FoolMoon Festivities from dusk to midnight, outdoors on Washington and Ashley Streets, Friday March 30th.

    Community members and area artists are busy creating hundreds of glowing handmade sculptural lanterns in preparation for this spectacular illuminated extravaganza. For those who still want to spend a short couple of hours making a luminary, the Luminary Sculpture Kits are available for sale ($20 with proceeds benefiting FestiFools and FoolMoon) at both ACE Barnes Hardware stores (Washtenaw and Stadium), Downtown Home and Garden (Ashley St.) and Sweetwaters (on Washington). Simple directions for making a luminary sculpture lantern can be found on YouTube: “FoolMoon Luminary 2012”.

    Artists, gawkers, and roving musicians are encouraged to meet up at one of three “Constellation Stations” between 7:30-8:00 pm on Friday March 30th. The three locations are the front lawn of the U-M Museum of Art, Kerrytown Farmer’s Market, and Slauson Middle School parking lot. A beautiful, multitude of hand-made illuminated lantern sculptures will then start heading towards downtown at sundown (approx. 8:15pm, arriving downtown at 8:40).

    To become a special FoolMoon participant please contact http://FestiFools.org.

    FestiFools* Sixth Spectacular Spectacle of Silliness! FestiFools is getting ready to celebrate its 6th Foolish year by entertaining thousands on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor with its latest wacky performance of oversized giant puppets and surprises. Hundreds of creative volunteers from the Ann Arbor area and students from the University of Michigan have joined forces to put on this once-a-year spectacle.

    Come bring your own Foolishness and dance in the streets to Groove, one of U-M’s most original and irreverent percussion ensembles.

    To top it off, all this Foolish fun is free! So come on down, don a crazy hat, (start doing your good weather dance) and celebrate FestiFools Spectacular Sixth Anniversary on Sunday, April 1st (that’s right, April Fools Day!) from 4:00-5:00pm. On Main St. between Washington and Williams --just follow the puppets! Free parking on Sunday (Thanks DDA)!

    If all that fun leaves you hungry for more, follow your fellow Fools to FestiFeast at the Aut Bar in Kerrytown post-FestiFools.

    Visiting Ann Arbor and want to learn more? Go to http://visitannarbor.org http://FestiFools.org