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serenity blaze
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0 posted 02-23-2001 09:40 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Today, in New Orleans, an odd tradition unfolded, known only as, "The Annual Greasing of the Poles". A tradition which should not be confused with Florida's "Greasing of the Polls" (there I go again...bad fingers...BAD!!!)

But Anyhow..."the greasing of the poles" is a French Quarter tradition in New Orleans---in preparation of Carnival--whereupon, the poles which support the balconies are slathered in vaseline to prevent "monkey boy" types (no reference intended Colin) from climbing up to capture the object(s) of their enticement. Not kidding....is a ceremony of sorts, complete with tuxedoed waiters at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, carrying silver trays with a fine sampling of "intensive care"....

Now, this got me curious about traditions around the world. Play armchair anthropologist with me? and tell me? Is there an odd tradition in your hometown you'd care to share?
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1 posted 02-23-2001 10:17 PM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

TPing is all I can think of right now
I'll be back when i think of something


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2 posted 02-23-2001 10:38 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

traditions in my home town? Well for one around here families have an ancient tradition of stuffing their closets so full of skeletons that when the door finally swings open the men lie and the whole town beleives. ha...do i sound bitter,lol. Actually funny as it seems we have absolutely no community traditions...however in my family we traditionally have a "kiss january goodbye" party each year,just an odd little event =]


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3 posted 02-24-2001 01:54 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Ever seen the movie "American Graffiti?"

That's about my hometown.

Sooooo - every year in June, or July - I forget which just now - we have Graffiti Day. It used to be a major event, but has since declined due to people taking advantage of the holiday and causing problems... violence, etc.

Still, it's a day of classic cars and 50's rock - we've had the Wolfman here more times than I can think - we've seen the Big Bopper, Jerry Lee Lewis, and dozens more of the classic rockers. People dress up like they're heading to the Sock Hop - pile into their hot rods and cruise down the main road of town, which is cordoned off for this specific reason. All-in-all, a lot of fun.

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let me see now.... traditions... hmmm.... i don't know of any local traditions to share, but this is a request for Nan to tell you about her friend's family tradition regarding a boat race.... hehe.... i hope she sees this.... wanna share the story with everyone, Nan?

oh, and serene one- "grease the pole"? LOL... what a concept! i love it....
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5 posted 02-24-2001 02:29 PM       View Profile for Colin   Email Colin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Colin

Well, over here, we have our fireworks on November 5th to remember the gunpowder plot where some guy, Guy Fawkes to be precise tried to blow up the houses of parliament.

There are also lots of local traditions which take place on november 5th. In one, at a nearby town called Okehampton, you can see people running about with barrels full of flaming tar strapped to their backs!!!!

Now that's just dumb if you ask me!

Colin.

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6 posted 02-24-2001 03:04 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Most of the traditions in Miami (my birthplace) had to do with getting drunk and gorging yourself on Cuban food -- Calle Ocho, for example!

*dreaming of pastelitos ... mmm*

There was also Fantasy Fest in Key West ... famed for being a Halloween gathering of homosexuals, but I tell ya it's one heckuva blast no matter WHAT orientation you may ascribe to -- woohooo!


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7 posted 02-25-2001 01:36 AM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Well there's a town called Lares here. It's where the Grito de Lares occured. Basically......every year a bunch of people get together and make speaches about liberty and a FREE Puerto Rico against the tyranny of the United States. Tons of freedom fighters, Macheteros (PR terrorists), and random people LIKE ME looking for some fun go there.
It's a place where you really don't wanna hear english hahaha.....so if you don't know Spanish, you either shut up, or ship out.

Kinda dangerous sometimes I guess, but fun all together.



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8 posted 03-06-2001 11:36 PM       View Profile for bslicker   Email bslicker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bslicker

ok serenity, i can take the bash on florida now that i live here. Besides Nov. was real busy here counting dimples. But then again I lived in LaPlace for 5 yrs.. well, don't need to get into the pole discussion then....lol

But i do seem to remember the event your talking about..

And i am only a 4yr vet of the mardi gras. And isn't it Nawleans..

bernie..

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Hm.

We share the ever so pathetic guy fawkes...

But also in Auckland we have many south pacific festivals...and a thing called round the bays which involves many stup...I mean enthusiastic people running all around the bays of Auckland to raise money for charity - that happens on a certain day. I can't remember cause I'm not a daft idiot I mean enthusiastic person so I don't run it heh. (I figure that if I want to give money for charity I WILL JUST GIVE IT WITHOUT EXHAUSTING MYSELF.)

Then there is Waitangi Day which 'celebrates' the signing of the treaty between the Maori and the Crown in 1840...

This is the day when a collective ritual occurs around the country. The public huddles around their tv sets at 6pm to see how the primeminister got assaulted THIS year by the Maori activists at the official celebration. Heh.

K




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Colon is home of Abbott's Magic Company and one-time home to Harry Blackstone, a very famous magician during the first half of the Twentieth Century. Every August, for more than sixty years, Colon has had a one-week Magic festival, featuring some of the most talented magicians in the world and attended by tens of thousands of locals and not-so-locals (which is a sweet trick in itself, considering the size of this little village). The festival culminates with a big show at the high school gymnasium, but throughout the week, you can find magicians practicing their craft on every street corner, in every pub, and walking from table to table in most restaurants. Lots of fun.

Strangely enough, this very rural community uses the influx of visitors to sell all their "stuff" during that week. Garage sales and yard sales are almost as popular as the magicians, and far more numerous.

For those interested in such things, here's the brand new web site for Abbott's: http://www.abbott-magic.com/
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11 posted 03-12-2001 09:21 PM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

Well, in my little Scandinavian town (Scandia, Minnesota) we have "Taco Daze" LOL, go figure.. There's a parade with firetrucks and candy and they sell tacos at the community center. Then at night everyone either has a bonfire or goes hot tubbing, LOL

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12 posted 03-13-2001 09:42 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Not just the town I'm in now, but the one I used to live in as well, people from all over gather at a place like the Dog n' Suds, or Dairy Queen, and show off their classic cars.

I love to look at those..I want to own one of those. Heck I wanna build my own.

LOL at your Florida polls Serenity.
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13 posted 03-13-2001 12:04 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I live just outside of St. Paul, MN, and there they have the annual Winter Carnival. In January of each year, they choose a Winter King and Queen, who are captured by the Vulcans (the people who hate winter). Of course the king and queen are always rescued, and there's a parade, a medallion hunt, etc. Sometimes they build an Ice Palace, which is pretty cool.
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14 posted 02-08-2002 05:04 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Yep, they are doing it again. So bumpety bump in honor of the occasion!
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Hooray for Mardi Gras...

Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful" here.. Does that count?
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16 posted 02-08-2002 10:24 PM       View Profile for Temptress   Email Temptress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Temptress

Umm..
Once a year in October we have "Cruisin' The Coast"

You could probably guess..miles and miles of classic cars..the Casinos have old bands and singers do shows...People sit along the beach and anywhere else they can find to watch people from ALL OVER the U.S. cruise up and down showing off their cars. Its kind of cool except I'd have a lot more fun if I had one (although I have no actual interest in classic cars) to ride in and show off! LOL!
Is that what ya had in mind?

I think they have a Harley convention or something like that here too once a year.

For all who watch.Dare you say hello? Come in and ask the questions that are on your mind, but spare me your judgement until you truly sipped of me.

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17 posted 02-08-2002 11:02 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Jenn? The Harley convention? They DO.
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Nope.  Though, I have a few of my own.
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19 posted 02-09-2002 10:28 PM       View Profile for Skyfire   Email Skyfire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfire

Cow tipping!!! LMAO!!! I live in a veddy veddy small town in BC Canada, and on those long summer nights (all 5 hours of darkness), the kids always go out to the local fields and tip over the sleeping cows. It's quite a dangerous sport, especially when there'a a bull in the herd. For some reason the cows don't like to be rudely awakened by being pushed over onto the ground. *shrugs* Other than that, all we have is the annual after-grad-weekend parties (On grad weekend we all have to sign contracts that we won't do any drinking).

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I'm still trying to see the fun in cowtipping... But I trust you.... so it must be fun. LMAO.

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21 posted 02-13-2002 03:57 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well I am not sure if Vancouver, British Columbia is the only city that does this or not, but on New Year'd Day for some ungodly reason, people actually go for a "Polar Bear Swim" down at various points on the ocean,  running into the freezing ocean, standing there for a few minutes (long enough to get on t.v.), while some actually swim, and then run out again   However, I have to give this one little old couple in the West End credit as these little darlings have been doing this for over 50 years, and part of the tradition here is to watch for "The Jensens" every year and hope they are still around to do the swim.

We have a month long Jazz Festival with musicians everywhere!  Fantastic free entertainment as well as concerts of the "best".

We have a fireworks display with pyrotechicians coming from all over the world to complete (but Spain wins most of the time) and I can actually watch this from my living room window (thank goodness as downtown is jammed pack).

And of course the ever popular Pacific National Exhibition taking over acres of land with rides, booths, events, car-smashing, etc., kind of like you State Fairs I guess, with more fireworks displays.  Seems fireworks are a big thing here.  

And of course B.C. Day where everyone in British Columbia parties.  And I forgot to mention the biggest thrill of all is if our hockey team wins now that is something to see, people become animals here!


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22 posted 02-13-2002 02:55 PM       View Profile for Skyfire   Email Skyfire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfire

Yeah people go into shock if the Canucks win. Mind you they haven't been doing all that badly this year. Lately there's been a lot of Olympic spin offs with alcohol. Whoever drinks the most and is still standing wins a chocolate which we pretend is a medal. I personally just like watching the idiots as they get more and more drunk. Quite entertaining.   And Ti? Cow tipping... well, you have to be a redneck to appreciate it.
 
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