sometimes, fun is just…fun

April 30, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc rambling

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.

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  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag April 30, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Good gravy, I don’t understand people I guess. Something sweet like this drew ire? It looks like it was delightful! And I bet your kids just had a blast, I know my kiddo would LOVE something like that! Fun for no reason is the best kind of fun!

  • Heather M April 30, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I’m with you. Glad you took the opportunity to have fun. If people don’t like that it’s paid for on Kickstarter, they don’t have to sponsor! God knows there are people in New York spending $1,500 on a lot worse things!

  • Cath W April 30, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Fun! Fun! Fun!
    Remember when you had fun and people were happy for you! I glad you found some happy on a sunny fun Saturday.

  • Cristina April 30, 2012 at 3:19 am

    well, I don’t know much about this parade, but it does seem fun indeed. That can be enough already no? Cheers, Cristina

  • dex April 30, 2012 at 6:14 am

    agree, fun is just FUN. The parade is such a good reminder that we should just lighten up as often as we can!

    And that’s Ms. Jessi of the rainbow parade.

    all the way from Singapore

  • Sandra April 30, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Here, here! I agree – poo on any and all naysayers. Especially the ones with the time to analyse and slice-and-dice who is worthy of being a Brooklyn-ite and who isn’t.

    And for those who work hard to create artisanal food or write blogs or take photos or create art – keep working hard. Whether or not it’s funded by a trust fund, you are making some beauty and adding to the world.

    And here’s to dressing up and being silly and having some fun – just some simple fun. The kids are the best barometers of it – 2 miles of walking! Sounds great.

  • Darcy April 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

    this looks awesome. i’m jealous (I’m from the midwest (but i don’t live in brooklyn) so this could color my view. hah! color my view. i’m so funny at 7:28 am.

  • diamondkelt April 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I agree with Sandra. If you’re good at what you do you’re good and if you have fun while doing it even better! The whole angst against midwest transplants to Brooklyn thing baffles me. Does it really cramp Brooklyn’s vibe that much?? I mean there are so many different groups/backgrounds of people in one area how can you even tell the difference?

  • rae April 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

    that looks like it was so fun! i feel like people on the internet will slam anyone who gets any kind of publicity or gets popular. such nonsense.

  • Sophia April 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Your comment about “hipsters ruining Brooklyn” struck a chord and I had to look it up…I found the article and the comments accompanying it. Those types of comments made me realize that no matter where you live, it’s as if there’s a universal clan of people who, out of fear and syndroms of complex, they choose to attack in order to feel worthy and important. This whole thing can be as huge as it happened with a food scene somewhere in the world(Brooklyn in this case) and as small as in the case of my husband’s aunt who out of the blue would feel theatened by a creative- above her average- dinner party that I threw and drove her to unfathomed realms of rivalry…

  • Carlee April 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Oh wow! I would have loved to be a part of that parade…fun for the simple sake of fun!! Our world can be a dark place, so why not brighten it up a little. Kudos to the lady who had the idea and executed it!

  • Anna @ D16 April 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

    THANK YOU. Agreed times ten billion. (At least.)

    I’m still so bummed that I missed the parade. I should have planned my weekends better! Next year.

  • Christie April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time! It doesn’t matter how old you are, sometimes you just want to have fun. =) A colorful rainbow parade, why not? The haters are just jealous that they can’t participate.

  • Liz April 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Hear hear!

  • kay w. April 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    really love the photos, looks like you guys did have fun! despite how silly/pointless some people think parades might be (even without all this recent cynical hubbub), i’ve always been fond of them (though i rarely go due to the crowds).

  • Candace April 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I think I read about this in O magazine, who are the buttheads making snarky comments about brilliant color?! What a lift that day must have been! That’s a wonderful way to be present, and just enjoy yourself. As a creative person, I’m all for anything that is about color!

    Hell, if this ever comes to SF, I’m decking out in lime green or tangerine!

  • Charissa - The Gifted Blog April 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Sounds like a great outing, especially with the kids!

    I’ve been reading Sweet Fine Day for a while now and wanted to let you know that I so enjoy it. I’m starting a series on supporting the artists/bloggers/businesses that enrich my life and SFD/Whimsy & Spice was in my first monthly report!

    Thanks for the beautiful photos, honest writing, and yummy shortbread. : )

  • Jill // For the Love of Brooklyn April 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Awesome. I’m glad you and the girls had a great time — I hadn’t even heard about this and it looks so colorful and fun!
    Also, I can’t stand the ire some (anonymous) haters voice over Kickstarter projects. Who’s to judge what anyone spends their money on, even if it’s displayed in a public forum?
    Silly or not, it’s a free country. If people want to spend money on colorful balloons and not hookers and blow, pretty sure it’s their right. What a media circle-jerk.

  • Amber @ Backwards Life April 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Damn…people really do need to lighten up.
    Peter and I used to do Santacon (and the Philly version “Running of the Santas”) because it’s fun to dress up and tons of other people dressed up…
    because fun IS fun πŸ™‚
    I can only imagine what people rant about that…meanies.

  • Sora April 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Haters are insecure people. People contributed to this b/c they new happiness would be created for the ones that participated. That rainbow balloon is out of control awesomeness for kids! Thank you for sharing the photos.

  • Brooke April 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    You were part of a RecordSetter world record!

  • jodi April 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    it looks super fun!! i would have loved to have seen it in person. i got so excited when i saw your instragram shots pop up on my feed!

  • jacqueline April 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    It just looks like a blast. I’m sick of the internet snark β€” sure criticism has it’s place, but how can one hate on something that looks so fun? If you don’t like it, just don’t go.

  • Uncle Beefy April 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Isn’t that great to hear about all the snarky, mean comments? Every time I watch the news, it does seem like there is an onslaught of love, laughter, and joy in the world these days and someone has to make sure we’re taking things more seriously. Don’t you think? [barf!]

    Good grief! Don’t we want more of this? Senseless, random acts of awesome fun? Honestly! People hate on this? A lot? This is the kind of convo I’d like to have with the haters >

    I think it looks like an amazing event to have participated in, Jenna! Makes my heart happy. So, I’m glad you posted. πŸ™‚

  • Jen April 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Ha! I just read the article and through the comments on the Gothamist. People can get whip themselves into a frenzy about anything, can’t they.

    Fek ’em. I say go on with your bad ass rainbow parade. Be as silly and loud and freaky deaky as you want . Because life is short. And at the end of it would you rather say:

    One time I got dressed in a red and walked across brooklyn and it was fun.


    One time I watched a parade go by with everyone dressed in colors. As the people marched, I hurled insults and taunted them. Because obviously, I’m way cooler than them.

  • Jackie April 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Argh…Boo on haters. I think it looks like fun! They are jealous because all they have to is complain about all the cool stuff other people do. πŸ˜‰

  • Loren April 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Those are probably the same people who give up on their favorite band or writer rather than support and relish the fact that they have made it big and appeal to many. Love what you love with no apologies and I would be thrilled to have a rainbow parade make its way to New England (purple all the way!).

  • Lisa April 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I’m from Australia and I’ve been reading yr blog for the past 6 months and I think this is a fantastic idea. My fav color is red and if I was n NYC I would have been right there walking with you. Unfortunately with anything these days you get the anonymous haters who bring things down but good on you for rising above it!
    Love yr blog and esp yr pics of NYC.

  • Selkie May 1, 2012 at 10:26 am


  • Dianne May 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

    So well said. Haters are always gonna hate. But you don’t have to get sucked down into it. Keep the rainbow parade going in your heart. Thanks for sharing this fun adventure you had with your fam.

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs May 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Tell ’em, girl. πŸ™‚ Looks like a blast, to me. And I’m with you: who cares.

  • bronwyn May 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    This looks like amazing fun! What a great event for kids! Grownups too, but seriously, that is straight out of my childhood dreams. It’s just missing a few unicorns. I can’t believe people can’t find anything better to complain about. The world needs more silly fun. So glad you enjoyed it. I bet the girls will always remember it.

  • Allison May 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    That is so cool. Thanks for posting pictures. People are just too dang self absorbed and grouchy. If one can not say something nice, one should just not comment!

  • Annika May 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    It looks like you had great fun!
    And I don’t understand people at all. Keep quiet unless you have anything nice to say – what happened to that?

  • Ashley May 2, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I bet those cynics are just jealous that they didn’t think of the idea of doing a rainbow parade. It looks like SO much fun! I now desperately want to try and organize one in my town. πŸ™‚

  • ZΓ©bulon May 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Wahou !!! What a wonderful discovery! I had never seen that before and these ‘ rainbow parads ‘ do not exist in France ! In any case, not to my knowledge then I still thank you for this colored and new moment!!! And your magnificent photos!!!

  • stacy May 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Great post. It’s been 8 yrs since I’ve lived in NYC and I do not for one minute miss all the “why are all you outsiders ruining Brooklyn” BS that is so old and tiresome. Glad your girls got to just have fun at a quirky rainbow parade on a beautiful day. Simple as that!

  • Amy May 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Here, here! You summed it all up quite nicely. I am also always amazed at anyone who can have an idea like this and actually follow through…