Nobody’s Gonna Rain on the Colour Parade!
Sydney Dwellers! THE COLOUR PARADE IS ON THIS SATURDAY 19th, 2pm at Town Hall steps!
Bring signs, banners, instruments, connfetti and all of your friends for a fun and free party on the streets (well footpaths).
The parade will leave Town Hall around 2:30/ 2:45 and head down George St towards Martin Place and then into Pitt St, finishing at Hyde park.
What is the colour parade you ask? I did a little interview with one of the organisers, local Performance and Visual artist Anto Christ
“The colour parade is an artistic statement that allows people to express themselves visually and having no boundaries or fear in doing so. It is a parade to celebrate creativity, self expression and freedom. It’s an opportunity to meet like minded characters and creatures.
From what seed of thought did it spring?
The colour parade was invented at The Aviary. ( a party/art house which was run in Newtown not long ago with an open door policy to the wierd and wonderful )
The collective mindframe in this house was that it doesn’t matter who you were,or what you looked like as long as you had an open mind and a good vibe, you were invited into the space to converse, share and grow. The colour parade is more of a public form of this mentality.We get the fact that if we do something positive in this world it will inspire more positivity and growth.
What has been the response?
Well theres all sorts of responses to the c.p.
The people who are apart of the parade express themselves in what ever craziness they want. People bring music makers, hoops, glitter, streamers, flowers, signs they have made. Not to mention the incredible outfits that are shown off. The public are always so shocked. Some people are confused, some are scared, some are inspired and even join us. What ever the response is theres definitely a response!
Has there been negative response?
When we first started the c.p there was alot of controversy as to why we were doing it and what it was about. But with something put out into the public like this theres always going to questioning which is good. I think after the first c.p people really experienced something magical and got what it was all about and came back to do it all again.
This feels like an all inclusive invite for inclusive performance art, are those who join the march aware that they are creating art… or simply just being happy?
I think some of the kids may not look at it like that but it all comes down to perception. By no means is the c.p exclusive to anyone. (you can even wear black) but its created to allow people who are beings that don’t consider themselves part of the norm and who dont look at themselves as strange for wanting to express themselves in this way. I think what we are doing collectively is Art. But thats just my perception. Some people may think that its just a bunch of people walking down the street. Which it is……
Like with The Zombie Walk, poeple are responding positively to this interactive event which is run, not for profit, but for the simple act of just having fun. -no door fees… what is it about this paradox that causes such a crowd to join you?
Well in life you dont need money to have a good time! I think alot of people know this and are happy to be a part of something that allows them to meet new people and share experiences.