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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



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HONK! Parade

This weekend was the annual HONK! Festival, where activist street bands from all over the U.S. (and sometimes abroad) come to Somerville, Massachusetts. On Saturday, bands play on every street corner, and the whole neighborhood turns into a giant street party with lots of music, dancing, and crazy costumes. On Sunday, the bands and local social justice and progressive political organizations march in a parade from Somerville to Cambridge where they end up at the huge Octoberfest street festival.

Stilt dancersIn addition to people on foot, all manner of conveyances are in the parade Local anti-war group Veterans for Peace Hungry March Band from New York CityFree Tibet marchersGiant puppetsSomerville’s own Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band
Watching people in the crowd was just as interesting as the parade. This woman wears a dress made of vintage ties. Cool shoes, too.

It was an overcast day, so my photos don’t do justice to the exuberance of the event. You can get a better sense of the atmosphere from this video, HONK! No Noise Is Illegal, by Tufts University students Sara DeForest, Deborah Neigher, Jane Ottensmeyer and Chloe Zimmerman.

The HONK! Festival is one of the many reasons I love living where I do.

Reader Comments (6)

What a great parade! Such fantastic costumes and groovy looking watchers, too. I have to wait till India to see anything that good. x

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

It looks fantastic fun!
Love the skeleton on the back of the bike and the stilt walkers. xxx

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

I love the theme for this parade. Makes me want to start one here in Seattle.

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

check out HONK! Fest West next year. someone has already brought HONK! to you

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralex

Looks fun. I can easily understand why you like living where you do - I think I would like it too.

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

That looks like a huge event and so much fun! I love all the costumes and the artwork on the boat/banner.

I'm still playing catch-up with everyone's blogs. The Beetroot Mousse Cake was indeed vegan and was from Peter Gordon's Vegetables book (which isn't a vegan cookbook, but has lots of vegan recipes and gives vegan alternatives to non-vegan ones). I'll send you the recipe when I get chance. It was nice but it was a bit too beetroot-y for my tastes.

Nikki x

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenelope Cat Vintage

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