First Annual March for Absurdity brings weirdness to the streets

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All photos by Byron Graham
The First Annual March for Absurdity
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."

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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.

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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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14 comments
Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

from the look of ur despicable mug, methinks u could use an Ex-Lax urself

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

from the look of his despicable mug, methinks he likes to place something far more rigid than a string up his crusty arse

Briana Sims
Briana Sims

They do some weird parade in manitou springs as well.

Maria Wolters
Maria Wolters

Misunderstood Kids dressing up in thrief store clothing and walking around the mall isn't weird or absurd. This generation has zero creativity to identify with. Nothing original to latch onto to make a real statement. Just wasteland projections of how our media is turning our kids into retards. Those 16th St. Mall kids still have you beat. Support an artistic cause next year.

David Montalvo
David Montalvo

What this town needs is a music scene. Not weirdos...

Matt Channing
Matt Channing

What I meant, Mr. Snyder, is that weirdness would proliferate (and be welcomed), if Denverites weren't so constipated. Sorry for creating a misunderstanding. Now, how about you back the fuck off..?

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

How cute! Because every one who challenges the status quo is just a hipster and we need to be more boring and white than we already are. Fortunately, we have you, the society police, to help people understand how idiotic they are being when you disagree with their behavior. Without you here to shame those you disagree with, the world would catch fire and every one become hipsters, because it's contagious just like The Gay virus that can be passed just LOOKING at a gay person or a hipster. The universe is being held together by your critical thinking and that alone.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

Oh, interesting perspective. But not every one likes to put things in their ass as much as you do.

Sumibraxis Dei
Sumibraxis Dei

We have more than enough. The last thing we need are our hipsters pretending there is something else they identify with.

Matt Channing
Matt Channing

More weirdness...? No. What this town needs is an enema...

Pheenix Wonder
Pheenix Wonder

I hope they do it again next year so I can join in, :)

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

I was genuinely saying yesterday that Denver is not nearly 'weird' enough, and that needs to change. I'll be happy when this sort of thing happens and there are no "confused passersby" because really, who gives a shit?

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