Thursday, December 31, 2009

Funeral March for Rotten Ideas

I was given a flyer for an Insurrection Mass being put on by a few of the members of Bread and Puppet Theatre on New Years' Eve, but had completely forgotten about it until I was in Coventry running errands and saw the group marching by to go up to the Peace Park. I quickly got on the horn to get Aleks to come with me, drove to pick him up and met the group up at the park. Natty met us there on her way back from the bank.

We missed all the talking and performances noting the rotten ideas of 2009 and didn't really know what was going on. The only part we heard was, "We are all in the same boat." Then everyone got in the boat together (a round piece of painted canvas held up in boat-shape with others in the center holding a large painted mast). So we got in too and marched with them back to the UU church. People banged drums and a guy played the tuba.

Aleks asked what was going on and I explained that we were all in it together and that we were marching to mourn for the bad ideas of 2009 (which I'm guessing has something to do with bailouts, job losses, and a lack of adequate health care, as well as the continued wars and the troop surge). We got on board, at any rate.

People all along the street (crowded as folks got ready for NYE) stopped, stared, and took photos.

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