Open Call: The New York April Fools’ Day Parade Committee Seeks Look-alikes

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A message from Joey Skaggs, editor of and Chair of the April Fools’ Day Parade Committee:

This year’s parade will be led by President George Bush and his entire cabinet. They will be given a 60-second lead and then pursued by an outraged lynch mob. We have a George Bush look-alike but want to make sure we have a large lynch mob to pursue him. So, anyone interested in participating, please do. Also, the more George Bush look-alikes the better.

Additionally, hooker look-alikes are welcome to join the Mayflower Hotel Suite Float featuring New York Governor Eliot “Dickhead” Spitzer.

All interested look-alikes should be at 59th Street and 5th Avenue no later than 11:30 am on April 1, 2008.

jester1.jpgAbout the parade: New York City’s 23rd Annual April Fools’ Day Parade begins at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. The parade route has changed temporarily due to construction in Washington Square Park. This year the parade will detour east across Fourteenth Street to Union Square where the post-parade festivities will begin.

The New York April Fools’ Day Parade was created in 1986 to remedy a glaring omission in the long list of New York’s annual ethnic and holiday parades. These events fail to recognize the importance of April 1st, the day designated to commemorate the perennial folly of mankind. In an attempt to bridge that gap and bring people back in touch with their inherent foolishness, the parade annually crowns a King of Fools from parading look-alikes.

The public is encouraged to participate, in or out of costume, with or without floats, and may join the procession at any point along the parade route. Floats can be no wider than 10 feet and no longer than 25 feet. They can be self-propelled, towed, pushed or pulled. Customized bicycles, tricycles, baby carriages and aerial balloons are welcome. The Parade Committee assumes no liability for damages caused by satire. All participants are costumed look-alikes. Parade floats and marchers must be at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue no later than 11:30 a.m.

Here’s the full April Fools’ Day Parade press release, which lists the floats and festivities already scheduled.