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absolutely not going into downtown Oakland on Saturday... 
30th-Nov-2006 11:45 am
note to self
From the Oakland Tribune:
Oakland streets brace for cartoon invasion
The Care Bears to be holiday parade's grand marshals
By Angela Hill, STAFF WRITER
Article Last Updated:11/30/2006 02:55:21 AM PST

OAKLAND — The Care Bears, specifically Funshine Bear, Cheer Bear, Share Bear and Bedtime Bear, along with Curious George, Garfield, Bob the Builder, Clifford, the Jetsons and many more of their animated pals will be striding and/or riding and/or floating along Broadway in downtown Oakland Saturday afternoon.... the four Care Bears will serve as grand marshals for the annual parade themed, "America's Children's Parade," which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Broadway and 11th Street.

Ninety entries including 14 giant balloons, 10 colorful floats, 18 marching bands, the Raiderettes, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, equestrians, clowns and Santa will then make their way up Broadway to 20th Street, turn on 20th over toward Lake Merritt and finish the parade at Harrison Street.

Organizers, pleased by a delightful weather forecast for the day, expect more than 60,000 spectators at the free event.
Let's see now...

Crowds? check
Loud noise? check
Santa? check
My usual stomping grounds invaded by tens of thousands of celebrators, including small children? check
Adulation of corporate mass-media entertainment? check
Anything to do with the Raiders? check
Clowns? check

Nope, not an event I want to get within half a mile of.
30th-Nov-2006 10:21 pm (UTC)

(How can you not want to see tap-dancing Christmas trees?)
1st-Dec-2006 02:31 am (UTC)
I'm practically having a siezure just thinking about it.
1st-Dec-2006 02:39 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the timely announcement. I was going to do a Chinatown run on Saturday. Given that event, I think I would rather walk from here to Sacramento than be anywhere near downtown.
1st-Dec-2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Holy Crap. While I could probably think of things that I would like to do even less than that; thinking of those things would hurt me as much as GOING to the parade...
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