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I Have No Idea What These Are

In Portland on August 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I saw these costumes at Last Thursday on Alberta.  The majority of it was comprehensible to me- various bands set up at regular intervals, drum circles, people on stilts, fairy wings.  Normal stuff.  One particular performance, though, was rather mystifying.  I saw the figures pictured below, and found their presence genuinely enigmatic.  They were dancing, and, later one, stood utterly still.  I wondered if they were some sort of traditional costumery, or merely an invented weirdness.  Are the below-pictured a thing?  And, if so, what nature of thing?  I was perplexed.

  1. Hmm, you got me. At first I thought they were Mummers, like these guys: http://culturemob.com/blog/a-guide-to-the-2010-mummers-parade-in-philadelphia

    However, upon closer inspection I see that they are not nearly so sophisticated and WAY weirder.

    I miss the Mummers Parade.

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