1. NYC’s Annual April Fool’s Day Parade

Nothing is more April Fools than the annual April Fool’s Day Parade in New York. The tradition started in 1986 as a response to being the left out of all the other annual holiday and ethnic parades in the city. It also a way for the people to express in a satirical way the foolishness of mankind, and other general grievances.

The parades are themed, changing every year with floats and costumed participants “poking fun at the past year’s displays of hype, hypocrisy, deceit, bigotry, and downright foolishness.”  This year’s theme: “Mirror Mirror on the Wall…” To give you an idea of what that means, the Grand Marshall of the parade will be North Korean President Kim Jong-un dressed as the Pied Piper straddling his Ballistic Missile Float. A more detailed account of the parade program can be found here.

The parade will start at 12 pm noon at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, and will run down 5th ending at Washington Square Park where the festivities will be held and the King of Fools will be crowned. The public is encouraged to participate be it with or without floats. Just remember, “The Parade Committee assumes no liability for damages caused by satire.”

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