Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tsunami 2009

Saturday was this year's Tsunami on the Square. If I were asked to describe what a Tsunami on the Square is, the best I could come up with would be a Fringe Festival, but in one day on one stage. A parade starts the affair, followed by non-stop acts all afternoon and well into the night. All part circus, part serious. However, no lions or elephants.

The crowds are gathered; the Courthouse steps are choice seating.

The blue lady chanted of "Water!"

Which brought these lights up.

One of the acts...

... and another. while behind the stage (below), another pair of performers practice.

I presume we have an octopus lady at right, all wired for colored lights. As for the instruments below, the red tuba is outstanding. Sorry I wasn't there to hear the concerto for red tuba, concertina, glockenspiel and gong.

Meanwhile, in the kiddie corner, the moppets are learning to use musical-ish noise makers.

Tsunami also includes a circus school for the young ones. Likely this stilted drummer is one of the recent grads.

The Seussmobile circled the Square on a regular route.

So is it any wonder that when I returned home, it was to collapse for a well deserved nap?

Linkage: The obvious place to start is with Rich's first post on Tsunami, which includes a stream of 22 pictures from the parade. Next, a Flickr link to pictures of the Yavapai County indigent graveyard; I didn't know there was such a place! The True West blog has a comment on the financial problems of the Sharlot Hall Museum. And, if yesterday's post interested you in Prescott's cool loos, here (and here) are a couple more. Addenda: boonie takes his digicamera apart & doesn't mention whether or not he reassembled Humpty Dumpty.


Anonymous said...

GJ, do you have any idea if the folks that are attending the event are more locals or out of towners?

TomboCheck said...

Nice coverage Julie! I was there for a bit, but the crowd starts getting to me after a while. :)

Granny J said...

steve -- it's very hard to figure out. I'm sure the merchants hope that it's mainly out-of-towners -- and a lot of local folk tend to hide in their caves once the tourist season is in full swing. On the other had, I know quite a few locals who stop by.

tombo -- the crowds are better for the economy than for local peace & quiet. I generally last maybe an hour and a half at best at one of these big Events.

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