Pay attention, brokesters, because this one falls right on the fault lines of our tolerance levels for all things twee and precious. Jessi Arrington, a Brooklyn graphic designer and self-proclaimed lover of color, held a large rainbow parade for her birthday last year wherein she got a bunch of friends to dress head to toe in solid colors of the rainbow and march around Dumbo. For her birthday this year, Arrington is planning another huge to-do, with the goal of making it the world’s largest rainbow parade (even going so far as to get a rep from RecordSetter to be on hand). So far this sounds like another adorable example of how Brooklyn is one big harmless summer camp/adult Kindergarten class (especially since she talks of cupcakes, streamers, balloons and ponies), right?
Here’s where it gets dicey: there’s a Kickstarter involved, trying to raise $1,500, which goes toward what? “Parade essentials, like hiring an incredible 20-piece marching band, balloons, streamers, bubbles, etc.,” Arrington writes. “For every dollar after that, I’ve got a special surprise up my sleeve to help make the world a more colorful place.”
Is it fair that we expect something like this to have some sort of charity purpose to it? Or can things just be cute and fun for cute fun’s sake? The parade is on April 28 and will go over the Brooklyn Bridge so, uh, if this isn’t your cup of tea, you should stay even farther away from the bridge than you normally do on a Saturday.
What say you? Let it rip, brokesters.