parade

Mari comes a-callin’

A while back I was up in my (very basic) sky workshop high high high above St Helens when Mari came over to see the wooden wood-work lathe I was building…
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Mari’s a cracking builder so it’s always nice to show her stuff as I’m still such a noob at it (and I think I always will be). She was a great help with my log cabin and I wanted to show her that I’d actually started enjoying building after moaning on at her about how tedious rezzing and moving and colouring prim-after-prim-after-prim could be. Here she is with my lathe and guide pictures taken from t’interweb behind her (I was in the middle of altering all the textures so the final result looks a bit different, but that’s for another post)…
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After I picked her brains we chatted for a while and she showed me the Primmer cars that were going to used in Bay City’s 2nd Anniversary parade – based on the American Shriners I just can’t stop smiling when I see them!
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The Bay City Blues…

I missed Bay City’s 2nd Anniversary Parade. After all that planning I sodding well missed it. I didn’t mean to but the Gods that rule either/or/and (delete as appropriate) SL’s lag & my PC conspired to give me a whole weekend of crashe. Things would start out OK, but then everything would start t o g e t v e r y s l o w

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ARGH! In the end I couldn’t get back in so I buggered off to watch telly & brood. I did manage to take some shots before I exited the field stage left – here are a selection but there are lots more in the Bay City Flickr Group. Also check out there folks for their far better (and longer) experiences: Marianne, Osprey & Adric. And a big old TY to Mari & her Bay City/Nova Albion friends for arranging such a fun event!

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p.s. That Duck! is me!

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Join the Bay City Parade this weekend

Come join Bay City’s 2nd anniversary parade this Sunday 16th May at 12 noon SLT – you’ll have a great time!
Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade Poster

Marianne McCann (and all the Bay City planning team) have done a great job organising this year’s celebrations – don’t miss it! Here’s the route – join us at the start point (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bay City – Argos/11/11/24) for the parade or meet us at the end point for the party!
Bay City 2nd Anniversary Parade Map

Osprey has put a call out to all Ducks. QUACK!

Nova Albion’s 6th Anniversary Parade

It’s that time of year again – paradin’ time! First is Nova Albion’s celebrations for its founding in March 2004 and this year the event was planned by the always energetic LisaHot Juran (who also arranged a stage & 3 hours of live music after the event!).
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

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Osprey wanted to recreate the history 1887 Attack of the Ducks and so lots of us dressed as ducks and took to the streets with budgies, orcs, sword-maidens, Babbage urchins, Bay City kids to name but a few!
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

We all fought through fierce lag storms that blocked loads of folks out and even bent time itself so sims appeared to wink out of existence…
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

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By the time we reached the end, we could see Salazar had nearly rebuilt the famous arch laid low by a grid quake last year
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Before the music kicked in (and I crashed out for an hour – bloody SL!) we had the street naming ceremony where the road outside Pituca Fairchang’s park & windmill was named after her late SL & RL partner, Garth. His passing is still felt by many residents and for me it was lovely to meet Pituca for the first time.
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade

Next is the Bay City Parade and then maybe I can persuade the Steelhead Town Council to hold one, eh? 😉

p.s. Mark your diaries now – March 2011 for the 7th Nova Albion Anniversary Parade – come along and join in the fun!

Bay City’s 2nd Anniversary Parade – Coming Soon!

Hard to believe that it’s been two years since the Moles finished the last lick of paint on the (then) newest city in SL and the eager beavers who wanted a slice of Americana were preparing to move in. I took part in the opening parade but missed the first anniversary one as I was away (damn RL!). I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it this year but the date and time are yet to be fixed. Keep your eye on the Bay City Twitter channel and you could do worse than following Mari & Holo’s blogs 😀
Bay City's 2nd Anniversary Teaser Poster

Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade – Planning Begins!

It’s that time of year again – March is the anniversary of Nova Albion’s opening after Magellan found it on behalf of the Lab and February is the time the residents & friends of the city get together to plan the parade to commemorate this historic event.

LisaHot Juran, Nova Albion fan extraordinaire, called together a meeting to discuss the time, place and plans for 2010’s sixth anniversary and plenty of people came to help…
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade - Planning

The ever busy Osprey laid out plans for routes as well as displayed the posters for the parade & the renactment of the historic invasion of ducks…
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Finally, LJ rezzed up the new street signs she’s been working on to seek comments – I love ’em! Really American and clear and stylish!
Nova Albion 6th Anniversary Parade - Planning

I’ll be posting more about the parade as it draws near, but for now pencil Saturday March 20th 2pm SLT into your diaries because you are all welcome to join in the fun! Come and walk, run, ride or fly with us! Why not grab a free float base from the vendors in the city and build your own float to join the parade 🙂

You can see pictures from the last two parades here and here and read more posts about Nova Albion here.

Three Times The Fun!

Big time kudos to Holo, Mari and the others from Bay City for organising the first ever Tri-Cities parade (and to Osprey for her usual bang-up job on publicity) because the Halloween march through the cities and leap off Shermville bridge was a hoot! Everything happened on time and the party under the water afterwards was a blast!

Here I am (a zombie version of me) on my steampunk horse 🙂
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The Nova Albion Parade off to meet the others on the bridge!
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BAT!
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The bat killed Lucy!
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LisaHot plays a mean drum and fires a meaner cannon!
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On the bridge a the sun came up…
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Osprey looking teh sexeh!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Lucy needs a shave!
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Kumi gets it oooonnnnnnn!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Holo leads the Bay City parade up the bridge…
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Getting ready to jump…
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Heere we all goooooooooooo!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

Party with da fishes!
Tri-Cities Halloween Parade - 1st Nov 09

The Tri-Cities Halloween Parade

Bay City Halloween Parade Poster

Starting at noon (SLT) on Sunday 1st November, the Tri-Cities (Nova Albion, Bay City & Shermville) are holding a HUGE “Day of the Dead” halloween parade and it’s open to all! Find out more over on Osprey’s blog here as well as Holo’s blog and Mariane’s blog. See you there!

Bay City 1st Anniversary Parade – 17th May 09 at 12noon SLT

The title says it all – there is to be a parade through Bay City on Sunday 17th May at 12noon SLT – check Marianne’s blog for more details 🙂

Bay City - 1St Anniversary Parade

Bay City 1st Anniversary Parade Route

p.s., This was the Nova Albion’s “Hello Bay City Parade!” from last year 🙂

EDIT: Mari has full details up on her blog here 🙂

Nova Albion 5th Anniversary – Photos!

Nova Albion LogoI made it with three minutes to spare and everywhere was full so it was, to put it mildly, hard work moving and seeing but that didn’t dampen the atmosphere any and the parade through Nova Albion was a huge laugh! This pic was taken at the border on Luna where the parade ended up – we were noisy, big and setting fireworks off with a vengeance 😀
Nova Albion's 5th Anniversary Parade (22nd March 09)

I went round on good old Frank because my dear old float was borked by lag…
Nova Albion's 5th Anniversary Parade (22nd March 09)

Other people had more luck with even magallen showing up… sort of 😀
Nova Albion's 5th Anniversary Parade (22nd March 09)

Nova Albion's 5th Anniversary Parade (22nd March 09)

Nova Albion's 5th Anniversary Parade (22nd March 09)

Nova Albion's 5th Anniversary Parade (22nd March 09)

Nova Albion's 5th Anniversary Parade (22nd March 09)

You can see all the photos on the Nova Albion flickr group here, and don’t miss Osprey’s fab video here.

Now – same time next year? 😀