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Posted on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

Ann Arbor's FestiFools: See images from behind the scenes

By Daniel Brenner

With the seventh annual FestiFools around the corner, University of Michigan students worked diligently to finish their larger-than-life paper mache creations.

Creative Director and Founder Mark Tucker met with about 22 Lloyd Hall Scholars Program students at the "creation headquarters" on campus to coordinate schedules, rehearse the parade, and assist with projects.

An additional 170 School of Art and Design students and other community contributions will be showcased during the event on Sunday. Students have been working for the last two months and most of the materials were donated through local organizations or benefactors.

This year, the students selected the theme "time foolery" and were inspired by what representation of time means to them.

"It has grown conceptually better and better every year," Tucker says.

The parade will start at 4 p.m. on Sunday on Main Street in between William and Washington. FestiFools and FoolMoon are produced by WonderFool Productions. FoolMoon runs from dusk Friday to midnight on Ann Arbor's Washington Street.

Daniel Brenner is an intern photographer.



Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 2:55 p.m.

Hi Daniel, I understand there is an another event related to the festifools on Sunday. However, there was quite an extensive event held in downtown AA on Friday night too. Streets were blocked off, parades of people, etc. I'm just curious as to why these events aren't highlighted (all aspects of the event) before they happen.

Bob Needham

Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 2 p.m.

eom, the preview article was on the front page / home page.


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 9:22 p.m.

Kyle, I don't think of as a concierge service, not quite sure where that came from. I only meant that when streets are being closed and there is an event being held in a greater part of down town, it would be great to have it on the "front page" of And, for the record, your first reply was after my reply back to Daniel and I wasn't hostile in my comment - just pointing out that this was more of a major event and could have made the "front page". You seem to be scolding me in your comment - that I hadn't read your reply...I hadn't - it wasn't written yet.

Kyle Mattson

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 3:18 p.m.

ps- Here is link to our gallery from last night's FoolMoon event:

Kyle Mattson

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

eom- See my reply to you above. Festifools and the Fool Moon fest are annual events organized by the same group. They were both previewed and listed in the news and events section on our site as well as in our weekly events email newsletter, in print, and on social media. We don't have plans for starting a weekend planning concierge service to call and inform readers about every event around town, but if you have some other medium you think would be helpful shoot us an email. Otherwise, be sure to visit the entertainment section of the site more often and you may find exactly what you're looking for.


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 11:23 a.m.

I wonder if prince john and his merry band will make an appearance ?

Daniel Brenner

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 2:09 a.m.

Hi eom. These pictures are from prep work and rehearsal today. Not exactly open to the public. But the actual event, Festifools, is scheduled for this Sunday at 4. I hope you can make it.


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 1:40 a.m.

Seriously,, it would be helpful to hear about something BEFORE it happens. How about informing our community AND sharing pictures of the great event after it happens. This was a wonderful event and I'm sure more people would have attended had they known about it.

Kyle Mattson

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

Hi eom- As Dan noted, Festifools is on Sunday. We also had two posts on the site in the past few weeks noting the dates and times of the event & You can also find it on our events page alongside many other events going on in the community. This is a wonderful annual event in our community, which many will attend as they do every year. Hopefully you can make it as well!