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This time of year Vallejo is a place like no other place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter.
VALLEJO, CA, September 07, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- This year's added attractions in the square by the Tree Lighting includes two mesmerizing Burning Man Sculpture installations: SOMA sculpture, which was created for the 2009 Burning Man event by the Flaming Lotus Girls and was displayed for two years on San Francisco's Pier 14. Made of stainless steel, occupying a space of about 40 feet by 25 feet wide and Mahtusa, a Giant Mechanical Squid by Nevada sculptor Barry Crawford. A hand crafted robotic giant that flexes its mechanical tentacles and movements.
This year's Grand Marshal is Vallejo's Legendary Suga-T (Sprinkle Me) who was recently awarded VH1 Hip Hop Honors by Queen Latifah as a West Coast Female Hip Hop Pioneer. She is also the founder of "TGC" Young Grandmothers Club. She is admired as "The First Lady" of her family rap group The Click featuring her brothers E40, D-Shot and cousin B-Legit.
Many award winning lighted and firing mobile artist contraptions ride in the Mad Hatter Parade along with a number of marching bands, dancing CAL Maritime Cadets with their beautifully dressed partners as well as a number of Alice in Wonderland characters including the celebrated Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Lion King and other surprises that come out of the rabbit hole from Wonderland, a special visit to our Wonderland this year includes the Night Bus, another lighted Burning Man creation based on Harry Potter's magical purple bus ride.
The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade, and Tree Lighting is held Saturday, December 3, 2016 more of the Mad Hatter activities are held for several weekends with tea parties and holiday performances: the Empress Theater has daytime and evening holiday shows and the downtown merchants offer many pictures with Santa or Wonderland personalities at their downtown locations.
Another highlight is the Grand Victorian homes tour, Sunday, December 11, 2016 in Vallejo CA, in the Downtown Historic District (Wonderland hotline: 844-344-8793)
Wonderland Festival Activities begins at 1:00 p.m. in Unity Plaza, downtown Vallejo
Mad Hatter Parade starts at 4:30 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m.
Lighted Boat Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.
About Mad Hatter Events:
Award winning Burning Man Fire Shooting mobile creations of horses, dragons, mushrooms, and ponies light up Vallejo's downtown streets in the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival. A holiday skateboarding group will make its way to liven up the downtown before the parade and the Hatter Flash Mob will be popping up unexpectedly - be prepared! Entertainment starts at 1 pm on three stages, children rides, activities, food courts, and costumed characters will be everywhere!
There are also decorated marching bands and dancing Maritime Academy Cadets gracing the downtown in the parade (our very own "March of the Wooden Soldiers"), and attendees donned with top hats and Victorian attire come in droves to celebrate Wonderland once again the Mad Hatter rules.
There is Chester the Firing Pony, a recreated space ship to fly on by the parade, giant moving robots, Krampus makes a visit, a multi-colored Vicious Cycle, dancing horses, and a visit by Darth Vader and Star Wars characters taking the parade to Galactic Empires along with our Hero of Vallejo, Justin Fowler. Justin is what Vallejo is all about, a survivor, someone that never gives up hope. Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 5 years old and received a new set of lungs in 2013 has persevered through 13 surgeries and continues to live his life full of hope and enthusiasm.
In addition, many of the downtown merchants, Victorian home owners, galleries, eateries, besides the theater and museum all participate with Wonderland surprises throughout the month of December.
Hyperion Community Partners LLC produces in partnership with the City of Vallejo a number of events and festivals: The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade, and Tree Lighting, July 4th Blues and Grooves Festival, Fright Night on the Waterfront for Halloween, Wine and Beer Tasting Festivals, Celebrating Cultural Diversity Street Closings, Sporting Events and so on.
You Tube video produced by WhatSF, a weekly television program that airs in San Francisco, has a growing viewership of over 100,000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN6MhLHYFrI
For more information contact: Frank Malifrando, 415-533-1522
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