There are some arcades in the shopping malls. It seems that families/kids are alike in the US and Saudi Arabia. Some have rides, video games, and I have even seen a bowling alley. It seems that I have been able to wander in these areas without being thrown out as a ‘single.’ Maybe it’s because there are video games, or maybe it’s because I am passing through so quickly that the guards don’t have a chance to tell me to leave. This was one of David’s favorite games of chance at Spaceplex on Long Island. You manipulate a small claw crane to snag a stuffed animal. It’s set up for failure every time. That’s how they make their money. Imagine my surprise when David returned with not one but just about 80% success whenever I gave him 25 cents to try his hand. He had the touch. So it’s a great reminder to see the game here. I wonder how David would make out now?
I have come to believe that in New York City people like to dress up. And an opportunity to strut is an irresistible calling. What I wonder is that folks seem to pay no mind that their outfits must look pretty outrageous as they travel about on mass transit getting to the venue. And the tourists, what do they make of a world seemingly gone mad. I remember one Halloween when a couple of tourists were cowering in their seats peering cautiously over the top of their map at all the outlandish costumed riders that clambered onto the subway car.
Easter festivities are on Fifth Avenue near St Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. Made famous from movie and song, everyone’s mission is to wear a hat and parade your stuff. There is no form and the crowd is ‘come as you like.’ So from about 11AM until dusk anyone can wander up or down Fifth Avenue. Come early, most of the photographers are there and you can be assured of being photographed into internet immortality. The headdress varied from simple bunny ears to virtual gardens atop some of the more ambitious participants. There are no rules.
Some old standbys appear. It seems that several people make it a habit to be in every parade gathering. Same costume, same shtick, it’s familiar but beginning to get worn – different day same person.
No themes and no organizers so there is little in the way of coherence. Some folks were really decked out. One thing I noticed this year, there were a lot of period costumes from the turn of the century. And for some reason it is attractive as a great venue for gays to be able to parade in front of St Patrick’s. There were many transvestites. Be sure to watch closely as it’s hard to tell some of them. Others were too obvious. Because you are virtually ‘eyeball to eyeball,’ a wide angle lens and close cropping were needed to isolate people. This year’s crowd was larger than I remember, perhaps because of the good weather. It was great entertainment and rich with photo ops.
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