More than one person who turned out for Friday’s Absurd April Fool’s Parade said they were glad it wasn’t a prank.
While it wasn’t a joke, there was plenty of laughter as children and adults gathered in every type of costume imaginable for the second annual parade put on by the Left Hand Artist Group. The crowd was at least double in size compared to last year’s inaugural event, with roughly 150 participants.
Organizer Amy Heneghan, a Left Hand Artist Group board member and FUNraising committee head, previously told the Longmont Leader that the event was put on to give people permission to laugh following the challenges of the last two years.
The parade started at the Senior Center in Roosevelt Park, going south on Pratt Street, east on Sixth Avenue, up Main Street to Longs Peak Avenue and west back to the park. The crowd went by two senior living facilities with residents outside applauding the parade.
With noisemakers from kazoos to trombones and lots of happy cheering, the parade turned heads in downtown Longmont. The Absurd April Fool’s Parade wrapped up with prizes handed out to favorite costumes.