Friday, May 1, 2009
Happy Birthday, Eeyore!
Eeyore of Liberty
Every year, Austinites meet up in Pease Park for Eeyore's Birthday Party. The festival started in the '60s as a spring party for UT students, and over the years it has grown into a large festival benefitting area non-profits. Every year's theme is the same: the birthday party for dreary Eeyore-who-lost-his-tail from the Winnie the Pooh books. Besides the Eeyore of Liberty and a donkey petting zoo, none of the festival activities have much to do with that story. But I think the carefree attitude of the festival captures the spirit of the Pooh books pretty well.
Thousands of people gather for drum circles, dancing, body painting, hula hooping, and costume contests. This was my first year at the festival and it was, well, relaxing. It's not often you see adults having so much fun.
This was the drum circle early in the day when only about fifty people were drumming and a handful were dancing. By the afternoon, it was so crowded with dancers and drummers I couldn't get close enough to get a picture.
Only in Austin do the bikes grow on trees!