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Celebrate Mardi Gras early by creating a float for your favorite miniature troll (or trolls) and bringing it to the Fremont Sunday Market in Seattle on March 3 for the Petit Troll Parade. Pull your float in a flash-mob-style parade through the market.
Build your float on your own or come to the Powerhouse at 3940 Fremont Avenue North on Saturday, March 2, from noon to 4 p.m. to create one from an assortment of recycled materials, toys, and goo gahs. You can also create Mardi Gras masks and find a festive outfit to wear in the parade.
And, don’t forget to bring an umbrella to decorate. You’ll probably need it for the parade, because it’s likely you’ll walk in the rain. After all, it’s March in Seattle…
If you make a float on your own, follow these rules:
- Floats should be smaller than a case of wine—meaning 12 bottles, not a box of box wine.
- No printed words or logos.
- No live animals, except guide animals.
- No motorized and remote-controlled floats.
- No weapons or fire.
- Use environmentally friendly and recycled materials.
On the day of the Petit Troll Parade, arrive at the FAC Outreach Booth at the market at 11 a.m. (FAC stands for “Fremont Arts Council”.) The parade starts promptly at noon, so don’t be late!
The Fremont Sunday Market is located at 3410 Evanston Avenue North. Free parking is available throughout the neighborhood, along with several pay lots. Several Metro buses stop near the market. Plot your commute at the King Country Metro Trip Planner (bus) or Sound Transit Trip Planner (light rail).
The market is also accessible by bicycle, along the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Get more information about the parade and float-making workshop at this Fremont Arts Council page.