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Thanksgiving Parade

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Published on Nov 26, 2013

For the Thanksgiving Day Parade in BalTimOre, MD, in 1983, a large group of artists & musicians (mainly) operating under the name of "Random Universe Tours + Services / Esthetic Research League" organized a parade contingent that incorporated experimental music, political protest, & Thanksgiving references, amongst other things. When it was our turn to join the parade, the extremely hostile sports coach coordinating the parade said we had too many people & he split us into 3 groups. For some stupid reason or another one of these 3 groups was then ordered to leave the parade by the same hostile person - supposedly b/c they deviated from their assigned order. It was our impression that he either didn't like our anti-military message or the parading of a live turkey in a cage or some such. That same group then rejoined the end of the parade. An article was then written by a News American reporter for the front page of Section C of their Sunday, November 20, 1983 newspaper. The article was entitled "Anti-nuclear floats flagged down during holiday parade". Alas, there was some miscommunication & the RUTS/ERL group corrected the article's political spin by explaining that "It is true that the spirit of our presentation was pro-fun and anti-imperialist/militarist. It is oversimplistic to classify us as only anti-nuclear. In fact, the floats that were removed were the least political of the bunch." This statement of ours, alas, got the reporter in trouble - wch wasn't our intention. I'm one of the 2 "Reagans" walking on baby dolls w/ the 'Thanksgiving Prayer' banner that reads: "Give us this day a conquered nation so many more may suffer starvation". The footage presented here was shot by John Ellsberry & edited by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE. Unfortunately, it only shows 2 of the 3 groups. - November 26, 2013 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

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