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PAPA Don't Preach

November 5, 2009 by Jill Spear

PAPABLOG110309Let Max out.

I’m convinced that Max, the imaginative boy from “Where the Wild Things Are,” is locked inside every adult I know. On Saturday, November 14th, you’re encouraged to release Max and all of his wild, joyful, creative impulses at the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA).

Since you’re an adult, no one will preach, yell, or remind you to stop acting like a kid. In fact, acting like a kid is part of the fun.

PAPA gives your inner Max room to play, whether you create a costume, float,or performing act. This year’s theme is “Lean, Green Parading Machine,” which can mean anything from recycled materials to green-eyed monsters. Now in its fourth year, PAPA brings together people of all ages and interests to march in a parade that winds through downtown Phoenix. You can represent yourself, your family or your business in any way you like.

The parade coordinator, Dr. Rev. Stephen Strange – seriously, that’s his name – says “This year we are emphasizing one of the parade’s original goals; to get people out of their cars and experience the streets of Phoenix in an immediate and joyful way. Plus, green can have many different interpretations. We want people to be as creative as possible in showing ownership for the city.”

PAPA kicks off with pre-procession events from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fifth Street between Roosevelt and Garfield. Featured events include performances by professional artists, live music and fun, creative stuff for kids and adults. At 7 p.m., the world’s only parading arts fair begins on bike and by foot, led by the infectious drumming of local samba group Crupo Liberdade.

It’s all free, and all in good fun. So bring the kids, your friends and your inner wild child to PAPA on Saturday, November 14th. And be sure to leave all those adult worries and inhibitions at home. Let the wild rumpus begin.


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