Monday, February 16, 2009

Send in the clowns

Got a link last night to video footage of the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable in Atlanta's 2007 St. Patrick's Day Parade.

There wasn't a parade in 2008 because a tornado hit downtown Atlanta the night before, but we're back back back for 2009, barring plague and fire and locusts. Here's a great shot of the goings on:

Here's the 2009 information so you can stake out your street corner early:

As for the video I'm trying not to be insulted that they lumped us in with the clowns but at least they did mention us and show us doing our St. Patrick's thing.

If we look like we're staggering there in the street, I got to tell you why. First off, it was sunny but it was also about 15 degrees and windy and we were suffering from the effects of being rescued.

Lemme explain.

Like damn near every parade we ever do, there's a lot of "hurry up and wait" involved; you go to where you're supposed to shape up and you wait and wait and wait for the organizers to come get you. This is very hard to do when it's cold and miserable like that. If it's during a reasonable time of the day the Band will often find a bar to hang out in but there wasn't much open at 10:00 a.m., even on St. Patrick's Day, so were were all huddled up together in a pile in the street looking for stray molecules of warmth.

Just when we thought we were assuming Popsicle temperature along came our salvation.

Two guys dressed like the Blues Brothers -- black suits and porkpie hats and etc. -- pulled up next to us in a vintage Cadillac convertible. Jake said, "Are you folks cold? Would you like a drink?" They popped the trunk on the Caddy and it was full of bottles of brandy and bourbon.

I never knew St. Bernards drove drop top Cadillacs.

By the time the organizers came and got us to march in the parade we were warm and overserved.

Oh Danny Boy, I love you so. (And Jake and Elwood too.)

On a warmer note, here's some camera phone footage of the band at DragonCon. We're wild and crazy but you can't outdress this crowd.


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