Richmond: Parade bringing some silliness to the Iron Triangle

This year’s Richmond Silly Parade is billed as “all-singing, all-dancing, no-trans fat” and you can be part of the fun from 11 to 11:39 a.m. April 14 at the intersection of 23rd Street and Macdonald Avenue.

The 2011 version of the parade brought out some clever marching entries and event founder Michael Beer hopes to inspire even more creative, funny and silly ideas for the procession now in its third year but touted as the sixth annual.

“We hope to add a gospel choir, a toddler contingent (1-5 years), kids wearing their Halloween costumes (6-12 years), stilt walkers, floats, high school marching bands, a dog lovers brigade, street ballet, the Wind Chime Orchestra, and YOU getting in touch with your inner silly,” Beer writes, adding that along with levity the gathering is an exercise in community building “using humor as rebar.”

You can contact the Silly Parade Committee at 510-235-5519 or richmondsillyparade@gmail.com for more details or parade entry ideas.

Everything is free, so if nothing else, come out to see the silliness downtown. As Beer puts it, “Be there or be oblong.”

Chris Treadway