In a nod to Americana, they had a gigantic Declaration of Independence.
Members of the public had been invited to sign it with messages of their own.
Finally the parade began for real. The Backbone Campaign’s logo is a human spine on an American flag, meant to “embolden citizens and elected officials to stand up for progressive values.”
Ah, the chain gang of war criminals: Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Donald Rumsfeld. Progressive values!
Señor Coffee Cup is a real enigma. Is he supposed to be a migrant farm worker? And is the one defining attribute of farm workers that they carry around giant coffee cups?
Bees! The people carrying them were chanting, “Keep the bees alive! Keep the bees alive!”
Here’s — um…Donna Shalala (???) — promoting nationalized healthcare.
Sometimes it seemed the sign-carriers went out of their way to wear the most inappropriate clothing. Here, for example, is a man with Soviet Union shirt who was part of a group carrying signs that demanded “Universal Human Rights” and “Dismantle Empire.” Excuse me, sir: Are you trying to look like a fool?
And then there was the woman who showed her support for “Separation of Church and State” by wearing a kaffiyeh.
Take a moment to soak in the whole scene.
My favorite puppet without any doubt was the polar bear, because the people inside actually somehow managed to make it walk like a bear.
Watch out — here comes the national bullet train. Coast to coast at high speeds! The most environmental idea ever.
One way to pass the time at the parade was to play “Identify That Giant Head.” This one had me stumped. Edwin Meese?
Awwww: Finally — something cute!
Mother Vegetable was a crowd favorite.
For once, the song is actually true: He really does have the whole world in his hands.
And a droopy Lady Liberty towered over them all. Sort of.