Japanese St Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo

In Tokyo's Harajuku area, they throw a parade to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It's been going on for sometime and has grown over the years. Marching bands, bagpipers, dancers, Irish settlers, dancing Guinness cans, and samurai(?) all make their appearance. It's good fun!


Giant Japanese Snake Festival

To honor this year's Chinese Zodiac animal the Snake, I offer this look at an interesting unique festival from the small town of Sekikawa in Niigata prefecture where they parade an enormous snake made of bamboo and straw. The snake is 82.8 meters long or about 271.6 feet and was weighs about 2 tons requiring 500 people to carry it.

The festival is a type of Obon celebration - a time when the Japanese remember spirits of the dead. It also is reminder of a terrible flood which hit Sekikawa in 1967 costing a number of people their lives. The date was August 28th which is why the snake is the exact length of 82.8 to reflect that.

As to why a giant snake, one has to dig further back into the misty past of Sekikawa. Legends say the area was troubled by a giant snake which had been a cursed woodcutter's wife. She was transformed into a giant snake when she ate the meat of another giant snake her husband had killed and forbade her from eating. The villagers eventually were able to the snake but it was thought centuries later after the flood that the snake's spirit was restless so the festival was held to appease her possibly angry spirit.


Shania Twain Arrives on Horseback

Country music star Shania Twain paraded up the Las Vegas Strip with a herd of 40 horses Wednesday to kick off her two-year headlining gig. Her show 'Shania: Still the One' debuts December 1 at Caesars Palace. (Nov. 15)


Deadmau5: Dumbo vs Winnie the Pooh

Footage mostly includes "Pink Elephants on Parade" from Dumbo

and "Heffalumps and Woozles" from Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Take note how the slow-dance scene shows how Disney would sometimes recycle some frames of animation; you can see this as it transitions from Pooh footage to Dumbo footage.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

And

Dumbo

Are Disney

Music: The 16th Hour - deadmau5

Editing by John McClatchy

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Hollywood on Parade 8

Hollywood on Parade was a series of short subjects produced by Paramount Pictures between 1932 and 1934. They showcased the studio's stars both in newsreel-type footage (glimpses of Hollywood figures at premieres, parties, the races, etc.) and in new material such as sketches or musical numbers. The print quality of these isn't the greatest, but nevertheless there's some interesting stuff here. Also note that there's a numbering system associated with these shorts, but because some of the information I've found is conflicting and confusing, I just made up my own numbers to differentiate between them.

In this installment, we learn that Frankie Darro has achieved his life's greatest ambition -- to become a messenger boy for a day. His first job is to take a borrowed elephant named Annie back to the zoo. He then visits a steamship and delivers flowers to Virginia Cherrill from Cary Grant. While onboard Frankie and Cary also spot other famous figures, including Mary Boland and Claudette Colbert. Next he comes across Anita Stewart, who's having car trouble, and he offers to help her fix it. To cap things off, Frankie attends one of those Hollywood costume parties, where he dishonestly obtains autographs from all the movie stars for a younger boy who collects them. The stars include Gene Raymond, Richard Dix, Fay Wray, George Raft, Jean Harlow, Constance Cummings, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, Miriam Hopkins, and George Bancroft.


Robot Butt? -: Mind Blow #42

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Robot Butt
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Touch Feedback Weather Forecast Device
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Doppler Effect To Sense Gestures
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Terra Poo Wifi
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Underwater Hotel Concept
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World's Rarest Gorillas
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Robotic String Quintet
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/05/smart-string-instruments-compose-and-perform-symphony.html
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Hand-Cranked Cocktail Shaking Machine
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100,00 Solar Powered Lanterns In Toyko
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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Audacious Visions

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers an impassioned plea to the U.S. Congress to hoist America from its economic lethargy by boldly reinvesting in a robust space program.

Audio:
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2012 Senate Commerce Hearing on the Future of the U.S. Space Program

Music:
"Leaving Earth" by Clint Mansell, from the "Mass Effect 3" Original Soundtrack

Footage:
NASA
"Baraka"
"Duck and Cover" PSA (1951)
The History Channel -- "Vietnam in HD"
Aljazeera -- "Four Dead in Ohio"
CBS News -- Fixing the Foreclosure Catastrophe
National Geographic -- "Living on Mars"
Dominic -- "The City Limits"
TimeScapes -- "Rapture by Tom Lowe"
KrasnyKofe -- Victory Parade. June 24, 1945. Moscow. USSR. HQ restored
ReasonTV -- What We Saw at Occupy Wall Street's May Day Protest in NYC
C-SPAN -- "American Artifacts" Preview Clip, Engraving/Printing U.S. Currency
FUNKER530 Daily Combat Footage -- Firefight on Helmet Cam in Afghanistan
Day in the Life -- Microbiology Virology with Prof. Bill Rawlinson
Homelesser -- A Weekend Helping the Homeless
Woodside High School Class of 2011 Graduation in HD


Miniature Main Street Electrical Parade

Alex George mechanized and filmed a miniature version of the Main Street Electrical Parade seen at Disneyland. The entire tableau is about the size of a coffee table, and here's a "making of" video that reveals how it was done.


"Indian Parade" a Different Side of Mardi Gras

While thousands flock to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, few know about the Mardi Gras Indian tradition. The Mardi Gras Indians paraded through the New Orleans Jazz Fest last weekend. (May 4)


Irish Eyes

Come to the 2012 Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade and Festival on March 17th at noon on Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta.


Gay Leprechaun: St. Patrick's Day Surprise

A little green man comes to take Yeshmin on a magical brown adventure.

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"If you Sphinx I'm an old Giza, you're living in the Nile."

-Yeshmin Blechin, 2012

GAY LEPRECHAUN

Created and Written By:

Greg Benson, Aaron Yonda & Matt Sloan

Directed By:

Greg Benson

Camera

Tona Williams

Sound

Adam Koralik

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Theme Song

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Photoshoppin'

James Deuling

For those of you not familiar with Saint Patrick's Day, it's a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on the 17th of March in Dublin, Ireland. The tradition came about at the instigation of the Irish Protestant organization The Knights of St. Patrick. The inaugural parade took place on March 17, 1783. In what has been described as an act of cultural re-orientation the British established a new focus of ritual and spectacle in the figure of St. Patrick, a pre-reformation saint who appealed to both the Roman Catholic and Irish Protestant traditions in Ireland. Guarding the inaugural procession were the mainly Protestant Volunteers who were charged with keeping order on the streets and at the service in the Protestant St. Patrick's Cathedral. The subsequent celebrations took place in two venues: on March 17 in the ballroom (which the Lord Lieutenant Earl Temple II had renamed after St Patrick) of Dublin Castle, the ancient seat of British power in Ireland, in the old part of the city, and, on March 18, at the Rotunda, a site closely associated with the Volunteers leaders Lord Charlemont and the second Duke of Leinster. It supposedly commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387--461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general. The day is generally characterized by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season. It is also commonly marked by the unexpected appearance of a tiny gay leprechaun.


Seven Japanese Gods of Luck Festival

At Kotohiragu Shrine a small shrine in Tokyo, they have a small festival with a small parade of the Shichifukujin, the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan. Hatsu Konpira is the shrine's first fair of the new year so the parade of the seven lucky gods is to ensure good luck, good health, and prosperity in the coming year.

It's a very short parade only within the grounds of the shrines but the costumes and masks of the seven gods are really great. It was a good look into how important it is in Japan to pray for good luck and health at the beginning of the year. The seven gods walk about dispensing their blessings on the people. There are quite a number of these Shichifukujin type festivals around New Year's.


Austrias Krampus Parade

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a parade? What I mean is, a parade honoring Santa's long-tongued beast buddy who gobbles up all the really bad children?