NEW YORK, NY, February 15, 2018 — New York's irreverent April Fools' Day Parade poking fun at the past year's displays of hype, hypocrisy, deceit, bigotry, and downright foolishness, returns! For the 33rd year, participants will bring outrageous floats and dress up in colorful costumes to mirror the folly of the nuttiest politicians, corporate leaders, celebrities and whoever else has proved to be a total fool in the past year. If it rains, marchers are encouraged to decorate umbrellas with slogans or images so their messages can be seen by people looking out their windows from above. Nothing is sacred. Our satire knows no bounds.
The theme for this year's parade is “TAKE A KNEE!” The parade will begin at 5th Avenue and 59th Street at 12 noon, Sunday, April 1, 2018. The procession will march down 5th Avenue, pause at Trump Tower at 56th Street and 5th where participants will, in spirit with Colin Kaepernick, “take a knee” in solidarity against police abuse. It will then proceed downtown to Washington Square Park for the climactic crowning of the King of Fools.
Last year's April Fools' Day Parade “Trumpathon”–the world's largest gathering of masked Donald Trump look-alikes was so successful that organizers vowed to repeat it. Marchers can get a Donald Trump look-alike mask here to print, cut out and wear to the parade: http://aprilfoolsdayparade.com/trumpmask.pdf. The parade committee will have hundreds of extra masks on hand for those who need one. Organizers are going for a new world record for the largest assembly of Donald Trump look-alikes. Everyone is invited to tweet @artoftheprank and bring friends to this Second Annual Trumpathon!
The parade will kick off this year with Trump's Grand Military Parade, the world's largest display of American military might ever! Participants and spectators can bring military toys, such as toy tanks, planes, rockets, GI Joe dolls, etc.. The Parade Grand Marshall will once again be a Donald Trump look-alike attempting to sing the National Anthem. Marchers may sing along with any words they wish. Color commentary made up of alternative facts will be provided by a Kellyanne Conway look-alike. Sexual Predator look-alikes from Hollywood will do a Game of Thrones Walk of Shame. A Tonya Harding look-alike will inline-skate through the parade clubbing marchers in the knee. Intermittently, emergency sirens will warn of an imminent nuclear attack. Security for the parade will be provided by Neo-Nazi White Supremacists in brown shirts. In a stealth attack, which could happen anywhere along the route, DACA Dreamers and other immigrants will spring from the parade-watching crowd and herd all Nazis onto a Trump Campaign Bus retrofitted for prisoner transport. They will be taken to Washington, DC, and press-ganged into building Trump's border wall around the Whitehouse.
The public is encouraged to participate in or out of costume, with or without floats, and may join the procession at any point along the parade route. This year, due to the Takata airbag recalls, there will be no auto-drawn floats. Floats can be no wider than 10 feet and no longer than 30 feet and can be self-propelled, towed, pushed or pulled. Customized bicycles, tricycles, baby carriages and aerial balloons are welcome.
Says Parade Founder and Organizer, Joey Skaggs, “As we prepare for the parade each year, we're dumbfounded by the sheer volume of greed, inequity, narcissism, exploitation, social injustice, and threats of annihilation. One parade is never enough to encompass the true folly of mankind.”
As the parade enters Washington Square Park, the festivities will begin. All food concessions will be provided by sh**hole Third World countries. As long as supplies last, the H&M apparel company will hand out their insensitive “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” hoodies. Megyn Kelly and Jane Fonda look-alikes will have a free-for-all slap-off. USA Gymnastics will be offering free gynecological exams provided by a Larry Nassar look-alike. A Princess Michael of Kent look-alike will hawk racially offensive jewelry, and UCLA basketball players will hawk sunglasses shoplifted in China. All parade revelers are invited to experience humiliation on the United Airlines Plane Float, where they will be dragged kicking and screaming down the aisle and thrown out the door. A Kathy Griffin look-alike will auction severed Trump heads and a Michael Phelps look-alike will swim with sharks in the Washington Square Park fountain. Free Covfefe will be served to all by White House staff look-alikes.
Funding this year is provided by Steve Wynn and Vladimir Putin. Last year's King of Fools was, no surprise, Donald Trump. This year's King of Fool's will be nominated by the crowd in Washington Square Park and will reign through March 31, 2019.
The Parade Committee assumes no liability for damages caused by satire. Speaking of which, for those who have not yet seen Art of the Prank, the award-winning feature documentary by Andrea Marini about Parade Committee Chair and artist-activist-satirist Joey Skaggs, it is now available on VOD and DVD. Visit the website and watch the movie trailer here: http://artoftheprank-themovie.com.
The New York April Fools' Day Parade was created in 1986 by artist-activist-satirist Joey Skaggs to remedy a glaring omission in New York's ethnic and holiday parades. These events fail to recognize the importance of April 1st, the day designated to commemorate the folly of mankind. In an attempt to bridge this gap and bring people back in touch with their inherent foolishness, the parade annually crowns a King of Fools from parading look-alikes.
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