Monday, May 10, 2010

St John's Parade with the Rose City Steampunks

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of joining the Rose City Steampunks at the St John's Parade. We met before the parade started for tea and brunch as well as putting the final touches on the cart/airship.

This was my first outing with the Rose City Steampunks and I was welcomed quite nicely into the group. It was fun to meet everyone and there was some fabulous people watching to be done as everyone gathered before the start of the parade. Some of the nearby groups included a circus act, the Pirates of Portlandia, a group with crazy and unique bikes, a group of Belly Dancers (including a couple of small dogs in belly dancing outfits), and a local Boy Scout Troop.

The parade route was about a mile long which felt a bit longer in the 70 degree weather and full sun. It beat the alternative of cold and rainy but full sun isn't real fun in full Steampunk gear. I marched with a sign that said "You Can Have My Tea Cozy When You Pry it From My Cold Dead Hands". All of the signs in our group were related to tea: "Free Teabet", "Our Tea Party has Cookies", and other fun sayings.

Here's a lovely picture of the full group at the end of the parade route:

The Next Rose City Steampunk event is their monthly meet-up on the second Thursday of the month (May 13th) at the Twin Paradox Cafe in Sellwood.

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