Category Archives: FestiFools

Festifools photos from 2013

A lovely day for a foolish parade. We were out and got some choice standing places in the springtime sunshine, and when the parade got to be too much for the youngest of the party, we went out for hot chocolate and a muffin.

This photo gives some idea of the fun. I didn't get a picture of my favorite puppet, which was a camera complete with "flash". This was definitely a time to get photos with as much resolution as you can.

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You can see many more photos of the event on the Facebook page for the 2013 Festifools event, and I'm sure as I find more I'll share more.


Fool Moon photos from 2013

There are lots of Fool Moon photos from 2013 online; I'll note them here as I find collections. But I thought I'd add my own in to start of this cat/bunny/Peep.

Some collections:

Moon Unit Face Pong.  "A video booth projected faces into a moon from green screen onto a building in real-time, while Fool Mooners play pong with the faces using wii-motes."

Myra Klarman: FoolMoon 2013. "It was great to see so many veteran and first-time Fools participating in FoolMoon 2013. Their energy was amazing — enthusiastic, creative, welcoming, friendly, and, as always, totally Foolish! Also, the weather more than cooperated, which isn’t something we in Ann Arbor take for granted. "

Related articles

FoolMoon 2011 luminary parade map, April 1, 2011; gather at 7:45 p.m., procession starts at 8:15 p.m.

Festifools and Fool Moon 2012 Calendar

Foolish plans!

FRIDAY (3/30/2012): FoolMoon, Dusk-Midnight, @ Washington & Ashley. FREE! **Luminary constellation stations include: Slauson Middle School, Kerrytown Farmers Market, and University of Michigan Museum of Art. Join us with a luminary and maybe a kazoo at 7:30 p.m. and we'll process and parade our way to FoolMoon!

SATURDAY (3/31/2012): Foolish Acts, 9 p.m. @ the Blind Pig. 18+ show. $10. **Music by Appleseed Collective, Third Coast Kings, and LMFA2O. A fundraiser for WonderFool Productions ('cuz pulling these events together isn't exactly cheap).

SUNDAY (4/1/2012): FestiFools! Sunday 4-5 p.m. on Main St. between William & Washington. FREE! **The Ann Arbor District Library will have crafts for young ones from 2-4, constructing robot costumes for a FestiFools robot invasion!

Warning Underground Cable: Oakland County Michigan power outage, April 2, 2011 #backchannel

At 9:49 p.m. the map from the DTE Power Outage Center shows widespread outages from 8 Mile Road to Maple Road between Southfield Road and Lahser Road in Oakland County. Power has been out since about 5:00 p.m. according to the DTE map. WXYZ sports anchor Tom Leyden reported on the #backchannel that underground cables that feed a DTE sub-station failed, affecting the Southfield power grid and 5,100+ customers.


Every power outage needs some music; here’s “Warning Underground Cable” performing the instrumental hip-hop composition “Schubert”.

Unlike Oakland County, Ann Arbor was lit up just fine, with Fool Moon luminary parades and street parties last night, and kind people sharing their lights on the Diag for Hash Bash today.

Edward Vielmetti collects batteries for portable radios for FestiFools.

FoolMoon 2011 luminary parade map, April 1, 2011; gather at 7:45 p.m., procession starts at 8:15 p.m.

From the Facebook event page for FoolMoon 2011:

Bring your luminary (or kazoo / chicken suit / saxophone / what have you) to one of our three “Constellation Stations” (aka starting points), and join fellow frolickers for the Foolish stroll to W. Washington Street. We will begin gathering around 7:45pm, and the processionals will set off at 8:15pm. 

The starting points on the map below: U of Michigan Museum of Art on State Street, Farmers Market in Kerrytown, and Slauson Middle School on West Washington St.



Edward Vielmetti will see you on the street.

FestiFools 2009 – Ann Arbor’s Annual Street Festival of Huge Puppets & Random Acts of April Foolishness

Some notes immediately before, during and after today's 4p-5p parade.

Main site: http:/

Parade is RAIN OR SHINE OR SNOW.  I don't know who this year's weather fool is.

Twitter – follow and track #festifools
Flickr – group is Festifools, use the tag festifools – about 1500 photos pre-parade
Youtube – keyword Festifools – this sort gives most recent first
delicious – tag festifools
Arborwiki – page is FestiFools – open there.

Some pre-event photo blogging by Myra Klarman of Frida Kahlo, Barack Obama, Homer Simpson, and Waldo.

Pre-event kid stuff: Festikites (Palmer Field), Ann Arbor District Library (for kids), 826 Michigan / Liberty Robot (for teens and older kids).

Post-event adult stuff: FestiFeast at Braun Court.

now to feed everyone and get on the move.