In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America! at the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena, CA
November 25, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
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The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, November 20. Photos: Special to revcom.us
November 20—The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is a popular farcical and flamboyant parade held in Pasadena, California, each year. Absurd and unique participants such as the Shopping Cart Drill Team, the Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, and the Men of Leisure Synchronized Nap Team form contingents, and thousands of people line the streets to watch and have fun.
This year’s wild celebration featured a contingent named “In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America!” We were there to reach the crowd with the “In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America!” statement, posters, and a huge banner, and to distribute Revolution newspaper, the current issue of which also features “HOW WE CAN WIN—How We Can Really Make Revolution.”
As soon as we unfurled the large banner right before the parade started—the main organizer of the Doo Dah Parade insisted we be front and center in the parade. We were a team of four to start, but had stacked up 6,000 statements, 500 posters, 325 Revolution newspapers, and a contribution bucket onto a decorated convertible “hand truck to platform,” easily maneuverable by one person (this is important—and something to learn from—as the “convertible hand truck to platform” enabled a small team to be mobile with large amounts of flyers, posters, and newspapers).
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There was an overwhelming response to “In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America!” Right away, two young guys with anti-Trump T-shirts took over holding the banner in the parade. Thousands of people reached for the statement as our contingent rolled through the parade. People young and old also reached for the posters, which were held up by hundreds along the entire length and breadth of the parade. It was truly an extraordinary response—the two banner holders telling us “these people weren’t passive... they wanted the materials and they were looking for a way to act.”
We distributed 4,500 statements (including many bundles to individuals) and 500 posters, and 165 Revolution newspapers toward the end of the parade. We took up fundraising and raised $145 toward the statements and posters, and $100 for Revolution newspapers. This all took place within the span of about 90 minutes, with the “In the Name of Humanity...” statement reaching not only thousands in the crowd and those participating in contingents and floats, but many more than that through the television and media coverage of the Doo Dah parade.
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