Is it a pagan ritual? Is it Mardis Gras? What is this flamboyant, sexy vibe thing happening in the park? Why are all these people in costumes dancing around drum circles? It looks like a dang hippy party! What’s that?, oh, it is a hippy party.
There’s always several drum circles and scantly clad or nude girls dancing about. Most are dressed or painted as forest nymphs. These must be the characters that have the best chance of cheering up Eeyore! Without them, the energy wouldn’t make it to the level that makes this celebration so unique.
This giant costume party at the park is a celebration of nature and all the forest critters, although it also coincides with the nearby university’s scheduled semester exams. A good time for students to let off some steam. And way back when, some students decided to give the little emo donkey, from Winnie the Pooh stories, the lamented birthday party he never got.
As you can probably imagine, a costume party in Austin at the park…in the early ’70’s. Yeah, it caught on like wildfire and is still a strong and growing annual event.