Our Construction Diary
April 21, 2002 (page 1 of 2)
Well, here we are again with another page of our exploits. Sorry about the six week absence, but we've been busy preparing for Portland's fourth annual Procession of the Species Parade, which steps off Sunday April 28th.
Those of you who are regular visitors may remember way back on Page 4 of this never-ending story, we talked about the 2001 parade.
It is also covered in greater detail at http://www.cappuppets.org/NDOP2001.htm.
For those of you who are new to these pages, let me say that the weather was a tribute to Portland's Spring diversity. Hail, wind, and temperatures in the low 50's. Everything and everybody got soaked through and through. The people went home and dried off, but the soggy, giant puppets were taken to a storage unit and forgotten for an entire year.
Since most of them were made of papier mache, they were in dreadful condition when we went to get them out of the unit. Heads were caved in, supports were bent and broken, and back packs were missing or incomplete.
We were asked to "do what we could" to make them usable for this year's parade.
And so started the renovation. We rebuilt 10 of the giant puppets (along with 10 big cloth banners and eight tall signs for the parade assembly area). None of them did we declare too far gone to save. (yes, we do love puppets)
After over 160 hours of volunteer time, they all stand proud and ready for this year's parade.
I didn't get a lot of before pictures of the puppets, but on this page and the next, you'll see the results of our labors.
On the next page we'll look at some of the restored Giant Puppets.
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