Ben Shepard called out to his friends on Facebook to gather in Washington Square Park to remember Pete Seeger and sing his songs in the cold, cold night.
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After being cancelled by Hurricane Sandy last year, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade ran a Kickstarter campaign and raised $55,000 to make up for reduced sponsorship. And despite the threat of rain a huge crowd came to Sixth Avenue to participate and watch. Featured in the video are Superior Concept Monsters (The giant skeletal puppets that lead the parade), The Edward Morgan Ballet, The Hungry March Band, and Sir Turkey.
Also on Spring Street. Could be Mark Jenkins but I don’t think so. It is not as meticulously done as his work.
I got there at 5 to mingled in the set-up area and avoid being trapped in the incredibly crowded pen for the non-organizational participants. I exited at 4th Street around 8 when my camera’s battery was dead. If I remember right the pen is not even opened until 9, it is absolute hell if you are in an elaborate costume.
I managed to trek around downtown today without finding much of Occupy Wall Street. Black helicopters hovered over-head. I showed up at noon for the rally at Washington Square Park. The entrances were partially restricted with barricades and there were about 50 cops there. No protesters were there. I left about a quarter after and walked down Thompson Street to Zuccotti Park. The entire park was surrounded by barricades. On Broadway I found this guy with his creation honoring Occupy, a couple of people with anarchist literature, three people drumming, and a couple of more people with signs. They said everyone had left to go to Washington Square. At that point I gave up and entered the incredibly confusing new Fulton Street subway station, where I was unable to find the J train and settled for the A to the F to get back home.
In contrast to his stoic demeanor last night, on Saturday night David was interacting with the musician,smiling, attempting to dance, and miming out requests and praise. My conspiracy theory is that David is counting on these grating semi-musical zaps to keep him awake for the planned three sleepless days. But I think the annoying nature of the sound of the tuned electrical bolts has kept the attendance low. You might enjoy the video best playing it at either very low volume or extremely high. But Electrified is well worth seeing in person, it’s a spectacle not likely to be repeated. Think of it like Andy Kaufman singing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall to completion.