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FoolMoon and Festifool Parades

By Shirley

Festifools 2018

Winters in Michigan used to be long and unending (not like this year’s warm winter) and by April, people would be getting “cabin fever” - meaning people would be so tired of being cooped up inside their homes, they were going a little funny, desperate to get outdoors. In 2007, a University of Michigan professor had the idea of creating an event to showcase his students' work. Festifools became such a huge success that not long afterwards, the FoolMoon event was created. Both play with the idea of April 1st, April Fool’s Day and, of course, the FoolMoon with the full moon, although April’s full moon is on April 23rd.

Festifools 2018

What you have to know about both these events is that they revolve around silliness and imagination gone wild and free. They are funny, weird, and the sillier you are, the more fun you will have. 

FoolMoon 2023

The FoolMoon parade will be on April 5th, from 8 to 10 pm, on Washington Street between Main and Ashley streets, in Ann Arbor. You can either be part of the audience or participate in the parade. The theme this year is FoolBloom which will celebrate the beginning of Spring with flower luminaries like “snapDRAGONS, EYErises and TIGER lilies among other fantastical flowers created by you”.  To participate in a free luminary workshop, taught every Sunday during the month of March, sign up here.

FoolMoon 2023

The Festifools parade will be on Sunday, April 7th, on Main Street, Ann Arbor, between 4 and 5 pm. This is a crazy parade, populated by giant papier-mache puppets, costumed attendants and all kinds of silliness. 

Costumes are welcome and encouraged for both parades.

FoolMoon 2023

Festifools 2018

All photos by Shirley.

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