June 30, 2016
April 3, 2016: What a day for the 10th Annual FestiFools Street Party!
This is a follow-up to our previous study. Here, we seek to control for any possible effects of time of day. Specifically, will the public’s response to 3-month-old photographs vary depending on whether the images depict daytime or nighttime goings-on? Please share your reactions in the comments below. (Why pay college students to serve as study subjects when Relish readers will give us mountains of data for free?)
This is the first year when I’ve entered FestiFools in medias res. (It looks like Rico is late to the party, too.)
Christopher Taylor’s first FestiFools (physically present as mayor, that is) accompanied by his black parka–wearking, shrunken-headed doppelgänger. | WonderFool Productions board president Shary Brown with WonderFool Productions coordinator Rachael Zuppke.
Volunteer puppet wrangler Rena Basch with WonderFool Productions board member Jeri Rosenberg.
The sky couldn’t have cooperated any better for my photographic purposes. Check out those clouds!
Right: WonderFool Productions board member Gretchen Adracie.
The Ann Arbor District Library again unleashed its Robot Invasion of FestiFools. They make the robots ridiculously cute, so we humans won’t suspect anything until it’s too late for us to stop our ultimate subjugation. (Notice those retro Frond hats? The AADL brought back a classic from FestiFools 2010
. Très chic!)
The Day of the Dead–bubble-owl lady. Love it! | “I have a headache, and it’s THIS big!”
My two favorite Fools!
Thank you for taking my picture! I do try to be worthy of the FestiFools paparazzi.
This and the next three images: 8th-grade students from Clague Middle School exhibit their own FestiFools creations.
Max and Rico did their clown antics up and down Main St. Here, the shtick is Max hypnotizing Rico — making him fall asleep on the asphalt, bark like a dog, sleepwalk, etc. The kids LOVED it!
U-M Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS) Artists-in-Residence Magali Medeiros and Philip Galinsky led the U-M Vencedores Band again this year.
Volunteer puppet wrangler Trish Meyer with her son.
Volunteer puppet wrangler Deb Odom Stern with her sons.
The clock just struck 5pm. Time for all the puppets to leave Main St. and find their transportation.
When I first saw this scene, I thought Max was giving the balloons to the young lady. But actually the young lady was giving the balloons to Max.
The FestiFools accoutrements are in the truck and headed back to the studio. Hey, Mark, keep on truckin’!
Thanks to Rico for one of the best shots of me and Max ever.