Mystery Parade

Eli Whitney Museum

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Vacation Program

  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 7 to 11

An ancient custom for closing the old year and wakening a new one inspired parades of Masquerade and Mischief. Mummers in the North Lands, Rhymers in England, Jonkonnu in West Africa and the Bahamas. And they have made their way into our culture's celebrations from coast to coast. Outrageous costumes let normally quiet folks slip into a secret identity and revel. Construct a Revel-bot, a marching figure whose wooden limbs come to life with beads, feathers, foil and frippery. We'll travel Google Earth to admire and master these traditions of whimsy.

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