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April Fool's Day: Parade of Fools

Make a fool of yourself, a fool of your friends and, if you're a staid Canadian broadcaster, fool your trusting audience! Sheila Copps, David Suzuki and more all play a part in this parade of fools and pranksters. From edible budgies (gasp!) to the old spraying lapel flower, this trip down memory lane recalls the many ways to make, or to be, an April Fool.

Welcome to Vancouver's annual April Fool's Day parade. It's April first, and the fools have come out to play. Whether with foolish music, costume or speech, attendees all find a way to show their crazier side. The only problem is, as this CBC Television reporter finds out, these folks aren't the easiest to talk to.
• Vancouver had its first April Fool's Day Parade in 1980. The annual parade kicks off an official week of foolishness, including (but not limited to) crazy costumes, hula hooping, belly flopping, tongue twisting and pie throwing. Each year the parade has a foolish theme to adhere to.

• "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year" — Mark Twain

• New York had its first April Fool's Day parade in 1986. Participants are invited to dress up as one of the many nominated fools of the year. Past fools have included Imelda Marcos, Jimmy Swaggart, Dan Quayle, Geraldo Rivera, Ben Johnson, Heidi Fleiss, Michael Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Beavis & Butthead.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: April 1, 1986
Reporter: Paul Heeney
Duration: 3:54

Last updated: February 8, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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