Last weekend Patrick and I got to participate in celebrating a 100 year old tradition here in Anaheim, the Anaheim Fall Festival! This year we were more involved than ever. From creating floats, to packing for and setting up the festival, to being in the parade itself! Due to the chaos there isn’t as many photos as I would like, but it takes people to make things like this happen and I am happy to be a part of it!
Last year I became the “Character Host” to Pumpkin Man and Whiskerino, two original characters that have been created for our Festival. Both of them have a subtle 20s-30s vibe to them, so I came up with a friendly Candy Corn witch to accompany them around the Festival. In addition to our lovely cast of characters, the Festival celebrates both Halloween and Dìa de Los Muertos, and includes live entertainment, costume contests, crafts, and amazing artists selling their work, many create artwork inspired by the event. So it’s safe to say we dropped some dough!
As our Festival began to wind down, I made a costume change to accompany one of our new floats, Stovall’s Space Age Lodge. Back in the 1960s Stovall’s Space Age Lodge was a fantastic out of the world themed motel that had a Martian Mobile shuttle that took guests to Disneyland. While the out of this world theming may be gone, the motel is still there, and the only remnant is a collection of topiaries. Additionally, the bus itself was once featured in the parade with a troupe of Girl Scouts! We brought it back to life, albeit in a smaller format, and the beloved Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix rode in it while Patrick drove. In the same theme, I was inspired by a vintage photograph I saw at the Muzeo exhibit of a couple dressed as “Flying Discs” and did my own spin on it.
The sun set and we were on our way, making our way through Anaheim to roaring crowds. It’s amazing how many people come out for this parade! It really makes Anaheim feel like a small town and not just the home of Disneyland.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the parade, and I can’t wait to get working on it along with our many other volunteers who help bring this amazing event to life!