Preview: 3rd Annual Honk Fest West

Julie Grebenau / April 9, 2010

Various @ The Streets of Seattle | Friday, April 9 – Sunday, April 11| FREE (Donations Accepted)

Imagine you are at a bar, beer in hand, ready to take in a normal evening with your friends or strangers. As you stare out the window, you notice a group of people in neon bunny costumes banging on drums and playing horns.

Environmental Encroachment @ Honk Fest West 2009

Honk Fest West (inspired by Honk Fest East in Somerville, Mass) brings in Marching bands, Drum Lines, and anything else the staff sees as appropriate to march the streets of Seattle. At times it can feel like a Tim Burton film–one with bunnies.

Here’s a band called SLSAPS performing inside Ballard’s Bop Street Records at last year’s Honk Fest:

Whether you’re into this sort of music or not, it’s so jolly and playful (especially with all the individualized costumes) that you can’t help but smile and dance, like this Plastic bag monster (to Orkestar Zirconium, who will be playing Friday night):

Now in it’s 3rd year, Honk Fest West takes place this weekend (April 9-11), with every day focused on a different area of Seattle: Friday night they take over Fremont, Saturday will have them in Central District, and Sunday will be split between West Seattle (Day) and Georgetown (Evening). You can check out Maps/Schedules at their site.

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