Arts and Culture

First Annual March for Absurdity brings weirdness to the streets

Denver's First Annual March for Absurdity convened at RTD's Market Street Station on Sunday afternoon. Whimsical accoutrements abounded at this small but dedicated gathering of weirdos, united in a defiantly pointless exercise for the sake of spectacle. But oh, what a spectacle.

While the costumes were all decidedly bizarre, the real show was on the baffled faces of passersby as they tried to figure out just what the hell was going on. Westword briefly spoke to March organizer Esther Hz (pictured above with a bunny head on) and took a several photos of what amounted to a pretty weird afternoon.

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"I just wanted to see something different and unexpected happen in the street without having to move to a big city," Hz says, lifting her bunny mask to light a cigarette. "So I decided to orchestrate dada, situationist, performance art type events in public places around Denver. Denver's first Annual March For Absurdity and pop up fashion show is our second event so far. The first one was at an Albertson's and somebody got arrested. I am planning a concert for rush-hour traffic next."

Perplexed onlookers often inquired as to the purpose of the march, and were handed a small card with only the following instructions:

Will you march for the cause????

Walk 10 steps forward, 3 steps back, 1 step to the left Walk 10 steps forward, 3 steps back, 1 step to the right Blink 5 times and then repeat.

As such, their progress down the 16th Street Mall was halting at best, though the throng had grown by the time the parade concluded at Civic Center Park.

The proceedings nearly reached peak whimsy when the Denver Cruisers rode by and mistook the absurdists for bike-less members of their flock, but then an old-school limousine pulled up and the even concluded with a fittingly absurd parody of a fashion show. Then the primary participants filed into the limo and drove away.

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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