I spent Labor Day weekend sweatily pressed shoulder-to-shoulder with 60,000 other people in Philadelphia at the Made in America Festival. I was there for Beyonce only. Everyone else was there for Deadmau5, Phoenix, and a slew of other bands that I care very little about. I had a goal: to see if Festival Beyonce is the same as Stadium Beyonce, and to figure out what, if any, cracks there are in her seamless exterior. (Also, I saw Haim, and learned to love the center part.) Here are some assorted thoughts and lessons learned from my trip to Made in America. Keep reading »
Festivals are people gathering to have fun. But which are the freakiest ones in the whole wide world? We’ve rounded up 17 multiple-day extravaganzas that lure people to towns they normally wouldn’t visit if you paid them, to do things most normal people wouldn’t do.
From Japan’s Nakedness Festival, to the Redneck Games you see here, and way beyond — this weird festival photo gallery should not be missed.
Who knows, maybe this time next year we’ll see you attempting to rip the head off a goose or winning an alien pet costume contest. Here’s hoping! Read more on TruTV…
Every three years in Ypres, Belgium, the people there dress up as cats and have a friggin’ Cat Parade. The Ypres Cat Parade is devoted to the celebration of the cat, and dates back to medieval times. There’s a mystical element, too — the cats are seen as connected to witchcraft. And while in the Middle Ages they used to throw live cats from the town’s highest belfry tower, these days they toss stuffed animals instead.
Because the Kattenstoet is held only once every three years, people go pretty crazy. Everybody dresses up as a cat. Cats drinking. Cats smoking. So many cats.
Ah, the holidays: A time to give thanks, spend time with family, eat good food, light your neighbors on fire, rub engine oil in grandma’s eyes, get drunk, fight a bull and dress up in a white tuxedo to ward off the furious ghosts of fish. What, that doesn’t sound like your holidays? Well, friend, it sounds like you’ve been celebrating the wrong ones. Let’s get that calendar of yours set straight.
#7. Batalla de la Rata Muerta: In the annual Fiesta de San Pedro Nolasco, instead of a pinata they have something called a “cucana.” It’s a very similar concept, except that with the cucana, the chances of candy are only 50-50. The other 50 is a dead rat. Which is then retrieved from the ground and used as a projectile because fuck-you-I-didn’t- get-candy. Read more…