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In 2013, the “What’s Blooming on Harrison Petite Parade” was begun by Art Gecko owner, Lisa Nordstrom and carried on by Bead in Hand the following year. In 2015, Pamela Penney and Tommaso Sanna of Oak Park Fitness were grand marshals.  The whimsy and wackiness of The Fourth Annual Petite Parade continues this year!  Petite Parade floats take their cue from the generations-old, New Orleans grade-school tradition of decorating shoeboxes to look like Mardi Gras floats.  Think diorama but on top of the box, not inside.  Requirements for parading are simple:  your float theme must be family friendly, the base of the float should be roughly the size of a shoebox and you must have someone available to pull your float through the parade! Wheels can be made from lots of things: fit the box over a toy truck or use bamboo skewers as axles and old CDs as wheels… imagination is key!

What’s Blooming on Harrison will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 11 am-7 pm. Pamela Penney will once again be leading the parade. Start time is 2 pm!! Pamela Penney Textile Arts is located at 130 Harrison Street.  It is never too early to start working on your float! Click here to download some tips. Don’t forget to print one for a friend!

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