Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Doo Dah Parade

Doo Dah Parade!

Our local group of Amnesty International joined with some friends, mostly from the Caltech community, to participate in the 31st Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah parade, which was held on Sunday, January 20th, in Old Town Pasadena. Taking advantage of the availability of a truck (and a bathtub) that we could transform into a float, we decided to address the serious issue of waterboarding. We came up with a little scenario in which we welcomed the crowd to “Waterboard City, USA”… While some of us danced gaily to the Beach Boys music in Hawaiian garb, prisoners were “waterboarded” in the back of the truck which had been transformed into a jail/torture cell. Planted “suspects” among the crowd were extraordinarily rendered to the moving prison by two men wearing black suits and shades. It was a great success! The crowd was cheering and laughing as the float passed by, and some people even volunteered to try-out the free lessons of waterboarding that were advertised on the float.

We are very grateful to all the participants for all the hard work that went into the preparation of the float and its decoration. A special thanks to Dan, the owner of the truck, who eagerly put it to the use of a good cause!
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