Archive for Sunday, April 28, 2002

Art Tougeau entrants get ready to roll in downtown parade

April 28, 2002


With a little help from his friends, Gary Coover will parade his Yellow Submarine through Lawrence streets amid dozens of other strange craft.

Coover plans to bring this propeller-decorated, periscope-adorned vehicle to Lawrence from Fayetteville, Ark., for the seventh-annual Art Tougeau 2002 parade at noon Saturday along Massachusetts Street.

"It's painted yellow, plays Beatles music and blows bubbles," said Charles Jones, Art Tougeau organizer.

Folks of all ages are invited to join the parade, Jones said. Entries must be wheeled, capable of maintaining the parade's 5 mph pace and not be obscene or political.

"We want it to be a wheeled presentation," Jones said. "It could be roller skates, baby stroller or bicycle. We get a lot of contraptions, wheeled things that people have made. It goes all the way up to vehicles and firetrucks."

A $15 entry donation is requested, but children's entries are free. Prizes and trophies will be presented immediately after the 45-minute parade in the parking lot next to the vacant Willie C's restaurant building at 616 Vt.

Jones, a Douglas County commissioner, said this would be the first Art Tougeau parade without his Trophy Car, which he decorated for the initial parade in 1996. He sold the car at last winter's Douglas County AIDS Project's annual Red Ribbon Art Auction.

About 40 entries are expected for this year's Art Tougeau parade. Here's a sample:

"Marine Mobile" by Julia Rose-Weston, who will collaborate with children to decorate a baby jogger with swim toys.

"Untitled," by Brandon Eller, who plans a Jayhawk/patriotic theme for a minibike.

"Tractor," by Eric Farnsworth, who is bringing a pedal-powered tractor that incorporates a blender, bicycle parts and structural steel.

Jones said the annual event is about more than vehicular craziness.

"It's really a celebration of community," he said. "The best part about it is it's very much community-based."

For more information and an official entry form, contact Jones at 841-4598.

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