Your town doesn’t have a parade of couches all decorated and lit up cruising down the street? Seriously you’ve never been to a sofa parade? Clearly you need to experience the wonder of what can happen when an art district gets together for a celebration on a sofa! Here in Santa Rosa, CA the art district is located South of A Street or SOFA district. This is their 10th annual Sofa Parade. It was our first time experiencing this phenomenon and I am eager to go back and see what they come up with next year!
So do you enjoy art? We do. Art is like wine. Some people like what they taste and some don’t, we enjoyed all the art last night just like we enjoy all wine in one way or another. I totally appreciate the time and creative energy it took to create each person’s piece of art. It’s not easy. Some displays were a little odd but how great there is a place where one with a giant amount of imagination can display their creations for hundreds to enjoy!
We were surrounded by creatives, the energy was chaotic and calm and happy and contagious. The hubs and I have so much fun going to events in Sonoma County, we never really know what to expect and are slightly shocked (in a good way) each time. Had I known we were supposed to dress up all funky I would have broken out some old Halloween costumes and mixed them all up! Note to self, make sure to at least wear something that glows.
The food vendors were all local, of course, and smelled amazing! Atlas coffee was packed and had a great video art display above the reggae band, beer and wine were sold from a couple booths but make sure you drink up before walking back out on the street. All the art studios and shops were open late for everyone to be able to walk through their galleries and even get your picture taken on a sofa for free.
Once it was dark, the sofa parade began. Oh the anticipation! A marching band playing with giant masks dancing behind them, people pouring out into the street cheering, lights of all colors flashing everywhere, and sofas being pushed down the street. One sofa was motorized and cardboard, another was pulled by a bike, burlesque girls with a blow up sofa, parents pushing their kids on decorated sofas, all of them being cheered on by us on the sidelines. They ended where 3 guys had set up a crazy wooden circle to ride their bikes in all at the same time then turned around and went back through the street again, marching band leading with their music. The sofa parade was an interesting sight to see it was hard to leave the block and be back in the real world.
Do you have something like this in your town?
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