austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

If you become a doctor, folks will face you with dread

Clownfest 2011, the thirtieth such festival held in Seaside Heights, held its parade on Sunday. This is from near the start of the parade, which I feel the need to note was lead by a police officer driving a Smart car.
Besides the professional clowns a number of amateurs, including several groups of students, parched and did their best to entertain in the walk.
There were many quite clever costumes, including this one which fit the actual clown between two mannequins for a self-generating parade.
Between groups of clowns came marching bands, including this one from my sudden and inexplicable nemesis of Weehawken.
Many clowns attempted some stunt with the crowd; she, for example, showed off her yardstick, which she found to have only two feet. Consider what may be on the other side.
Several clowns did team acts, as in this bride and husband Richard Nixon ...
... with a fishing pole. He would keep running ahead, only to be reeled back in.
Among the gags on display: an Exotic Bee Collection.
Not everyone was either a clown or a marching band member: here's one who delighted me at least with a balloon drum. Also note the chef clown who made a hamburger and held the pickle.
I just like this shot, which I think gets the enthusiasm of little kids watching uncountable clowns going by.
Several clowns came with their puppet companions. Here, children just don't quite know what to make of the offer to pet the bunny. (She eventually did.)
Another pair of clowns show off their prop. It's their Magic Hare Dryer.

Trivia: The Jones Act of 1920, intended to stabilize the United States's merchant marine, prohibits foreign-built vessels from operating United States domestic trade, even though the ship may be owned by a United States company, fly the United States flag, and have a United States hailing port. (It may operate from a United States to a foreign port.) Source: Box Boats: How Container Ships Changed The World, Brian J Cudahy.

Currently Reading: Another Science Fiction: Advertising The Space Race 1957 - 1962, Megan Prelinger.


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