I apologize if this is covered elsewhere. I didn’t find anything from the past week.
So, what are you doing tonight?
I’ll be celebrating with some friends. We usually start early at my place to eat pizza and put the finishing touches on our costumes. Around 7:30 we head over to where I work to park and walk over to Franklin Street.
The town is expecting around 75,000 people to turn up this year :eek:
Press release here. This isn’t an official town function, but they finally came to terms with this happening every year and I like to think that the majority of people are there just to have a good safe time.
There have been some fantastic costumes in the past and I especially enjoy the themes. My favorite was the group who went as the State Fair. They set up a small booth with hay and carny games and they gave out live goldfish. I remember there was a strong man, a bearded lady, and a very enthusiastic cow. <mooOOOOoooo!!!> Everyone in the group played their part very well.
Some groups put on short skits and there’s usually a drumming circle or two as well. We’ll walk up and down the way a couple of times and then find a place on the side to stand and watch everybody else go by. We’ll probably get our pictures taken by tourists and a sleazy guy who wants only cleavage shots (yeah guy, I saw where you were aiming last year!). Apparently people actually travel here for this event, but I don’t see it as all that much fun.
The drunks can be pretty tiring after a while, especially the ones who don’t even bother to dress up, unless idiot college student IS their costume. We’ll leave around eleven or midnight, once we are outnumbered by the plain-clothed party poopers.
The plan is to then head over to Bully’s in Durham for the drag king show. We’ve gone to see a group called the Cuntry Kings often before and expect tonight’s show to be just as good. Afterwards, we’ll come back to my place to wind down for a few minutes and then everyone will go their own way for the end of an exhausting night.