Why We Are Marching As The Mr T(ea) Party This Halloween!?
Somebody’s got to take a stand. Somebody’s got to do what’s right. Somebody’s got to walk the walk not just talk the talk. And we’re the damn fools to do it! But, why Mr T? Why, exactly, do we “Pity the Fool?” (And who was “The Fool” Mr. T was always referring to?)
Mr. T, an actor most famed for his role in the 1980s action/comedy series The A Team, created a distinctive persona that blended subtle hints of violence with masssive amounts of bling. Born Laurence Tureaud, Mr. T started his career as a bouncer in the tough clubs of his Chicago hometown. When the bounced patrons returned to retrieve their necklaces lost in barfights, they got no further than the door, meeting, a bedecked T, with all that bling wrapped around his massive neck.
From a formidable bouncer to bodyguard of the stars is an obvious leap, and Mr. T soon protected the likes of Muhammed Ali, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross. In 1980, Sly Stallone noticed Mr. T while filming NBC’s America’s Toughest Bouncer, and it took off from there with the T-ster eventually appearing in over 30 movies and TV shows. At the height of Mr. T’s fame, his bling cost over $300,000 and took him an hour to put on. His Mohawk haircut was inspired by a Mandika warrior’s ‘do.
But, why OUR Mr T(ea) Party? And why in NYC? Well, we figure it’s some smart word play/cultural connections that might not make any sense, but would be fun and seriously goofy. And smart, fun and goofy is what makes it perfect to debut in NYC’s Halloween parade.
The always outrageous Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the place to be for New Yorkers on the legendary night of spook. Few NYers know that the parade is the largest public participation parade in the country. If you want to join, all you need to do is think up a awesome concept & costume, talk your friends and family into joining, show up at the staging areas along 6th Avenue and Spring street, and voila! Instant public participation parade.
The parade was first marched in 1972, led by Greenwich Village’s local artists and parents. By 1974, the Theater for the New City and local artist and producer Jeanne Fleming took over production and developed it into the world-famous parade it is now. The 2010 iteration will be the 38th parade; last year had 60,000 marchers and over 2 Million spectators. Just like the Thanksgiving Day Parade, every year is more outrageous and better attended. And we’ll be there, baby, in our mohawks and bling, shouting down the corrupt politicians in DC. We pity those fools the most!