this... the Penn State Monty Python Society strutting its stuff in
front of thousands of drunken alumni: the Pythonoids tossing peanut
butter cups to children, handing out communist propaganda, and wielding
huge cans of Spam. Though it sounds like a hopeless dream, it actually
happened at this year's Homecoming Parade.
at 302 Bigler Hall. By 4:40, everybody was there except the two residents
of the room myself and Jenny Hoffman (Jen had gone home for
a wedding). I sprinted from Rackley building to East Halls, but Cathy
had already taken charge and sent everyone down to the parade route.
change later, and the rest of us were off.
great parade gods stuck us between Delta Tau Delta / Gamma Phi Beta
and Delta Upsilon. We were number 41 (damn! One number short of the
meaning of life)! At 5:10, the parade commenced... as much as these
parades ever do (March ten feet, wait ten minutes. March another ten,
wait another ten. Oh, well).
Some of our characters really went over well. The flashers would run
up to innocent bystanders and expose themselves (they were fully clothed
and wore "Boo!" signs). Abner [Mintz], as a loonie, sung
a wonderful song and hit himself on the head. Kzin [Jon Kilgannon]
often stopped and put his briefcase on top of other things. The Gumbies
said, "HELLOOOOOO!" to everyone.
colonel, I would approach everyone and say, "Stop this, stop
this! This is getting too silly!" And we all did silly walks
on request (we even walked silly in front of the judges' stand).
the parade went smoothly except for those people on the sidelines
reeking with Penn State Pride and Jack Daniels (I wonder if the guards
along the parade route were to protect us or them).
(in order of appearance)
Gumby / Groupie Jen Smurlo
Military Pootar Holli Weisman
Davidovitch Trotsky L.J. Sparvero
The Spanish Inquisition Cathy Nelson
Cardinal Thang Meg Jeffery
Attila the Pun Steve Gradess
Spam Carriers Andy Wilson, March Sachs
President of the Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things
Jon "Kzin" Kilgannon
Man with Dead Parrot from "The Pet Shop Sketch"
Deluded Minstrel Budd "Ned" Wilkins
Flashers Doug "Without a Nick Name" Miller,
The Colonel (This is getting too silly) Alyce Wilson
A Loonie Abner Mintz
D.B. Gumby (Helloooooo) Damon Buckwalter
"Rabbit" with sign Matt Pyson Banner Designers
- Alyce and Holli
Spam Designer Cathy Nelson