1. Fairmount Ave was closed off for the afternoon for a presentation and celebration of Bastille Day. The action took place in front of the Eastern Penitentiary Prison and the crowd was part of the French Revolution. As a warm up to the drama, there was a little guillotine demonstration before the mob mentality took over. Watermelons were sliced in half to demonstrate that it was possible for heads to roll.
2. Flags were handed out to the cluster of people as they arrived and the numbers grew as more and more began to congregate. It was a "be in", "how to create a flash mob". Offer free cupcakes?
3. Edith Piaf, actually a man in disguise from the Bearded Ladies Cabaret led the revolt. I was a Marie Antoinette fan but Edith easily won me over to the cause with her very persuasive ways and her cast of characters army.
Edith on Education
4. Joan of Arc was one of the first speakers to rev up the crowd, as if Edith wasn't captivating enough. Joan set the mood with a song written by the Who, My Generation and it placed the timeless stage setting for the French Revolution. These events can occupy any time and any place.
5. Next Napoleon small in stature but high on horse rode on to the stage. He was actually a woman who sang "We Are The Champions" a famous Queen song often used to celebrate a victory or the strong desire for one.
6. What would freedom and a revolution in Philadelphia be without one of our own? Ben Franklin took the stage and cranked out a few songs including Philadelphia Freedom, a song written by Elton John. Ben lively in his speech also bounced across the stage with impressive bust a move acrobatics.
7. Low and behold who shows up, not Marie Antoinette but her press agent disguised as a lady in waiting and boy did she have a little attitude. Ya woulda thought some body died and made her king. Mouthy, mouthy, mouthy. Every queen should have her as their first line of defense.
The Loud Lady
8.She spoke of the inconvenient time of disturbing the queen. It seems to have been prime time for the Real Housewives of Versailles. The crowd assembled behind Edith still demanded to see her royal highness and she eventually appeared in the tower high above the assembled group with her coterie.
9. She also exhibited an air of the high and mighty not only in altitude but also in expression as she chomped on grapes and drank wine and expressed little compassion for the crowd below as she commanded her troops to attack the crowd with mounds and mounds of Tastykake, Krimpets tossed into the angry flood of people whose expressions seemed to change to almost satisfaction as they graveled for the cake plummeting into the air. Funny what a crowd will settle for, Tastykakes however are a delicacy in Philadelphia.
Tossing of the Tastykakes
There was a visiting family from Michigan in our area and they were very pleased with their booty.
10. Eventually the queen and her mouthpiece were captured and brought before the crowd for a fair punishment, off with her head. The guillotine had been primed. A letter of reprieve came at the last minute and the crowd was informed that this form of punishment was a bit excessive and Marie was instead stripped of her royal garb and forced to live the life of the rest of the 99% and they all "lived" happily ever after.
It was a great performance and a festive atmosphere before and after the show. The Eastern Penitentiary had tours at a discount and the restaurants in the area served delectable selections on their menus. It was a win win situation for all. Being of Irish descent, I must say it was fun to be French for an evening and I am a big fan of anybody that lets me eat cake.
It was a very civilized way to demonstrate the emotions of 99% of the crowd.
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