This is what we did on Saturday. What’s this, you ask? It’s a rainbow parade, of course! And it was as cheesy and fun as you’d expect a rainbow parade snaking through Dumbo and across the Brooklyn Bridge to be. So, I’m just going to ignore all the cynics who want to call this parade a self indulgent, pointless, narcissistic birthday party bash that was funded through Kickstarter. Technically, I guess you can say it was (so, I didn’t know about the Kickstarter part of it until after, but then again…hiring a 20 piece marching band and getting the necessary city permits and what have you costs money, I guess). You know what though? I don’t really care. I took the girls and we all dressed in red and met up with a friend and it was fun. And cheesy. And fruity. And really, no mention of any birthdays so it didn’t feel like someone’s narcissistic birthday party gimmick. I didn’t really know what to expect, and honestly didn’t feel up to walking the long walk over the bridge when we got there, but it was so much fun that we just kept walking and even did the silly dance moves, and the girls didn’t even whine that they were tired or complain once throughout the entire 2+ mile walk. And what exactly does that mean when the children don’t whine? That means that they’re having FUN!
I don’t know the woman (above in gold with the rainbow skirt) who organized this at all, so I don’t really have any loyalties in defending her project to the scores of haters who left nasty comments around the internet about how stupid this parade was (and don’t these comments always turn into a “transplanted Midwestern hipsters are ruining Brooklyn” declaration?). Maybe it’s because we were part of a rather snarky recent New York Magazine cover story ourselves on the Brooklyn food scene that was just ripe for inviting even snarkier and hateful comments on the website from readers – the same “transplanted Midwestern hipsters are ruining Brooklyn” argument, but with claims from many people thrown in that the artisanal Brooklyn food producers are all trust fund kids who could afford to experiment with food all day (um, I would love a trust fund. Also, I’m too old to be a hipster and I AM from New York. Besides, WHO CARES?).
So who knows…maybe I’m a little tired of creative people getting slammed on the internet for having an idea and carrying it through. Or maybe I want to believe that I haven’t grown so cynical that I can’t have fun at an event that is proclaimed by some to be pointless and childish. If I thought too hard I might even have conflicting feelings that it was all funded through Kickstarter myself, but for once, I’m not going to over analyze any of it. Sometimes you just need a little fun for no reason (and I really did need it) and I can bet that I had more fun marching 15 minutes at the parade than any of the opinionated people who took the same 15 minutes to anonymously write their hateful comments, yes.