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Mouthful: Playing the fool in Occidental

  • The Occidental Fools Parade begins, Saturday April 2, 2011 in downtown Occidental. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

<strong>Occidental Fools Day Parade:</strong> April Fools' Day may have passed but that isn't stopping Occidental from hosting its Fools Day Parade, which takes place Saturday, April 5, beginning at 1 p.m.

This beloved fete gets started at the Community Center for the Arts (3850 Doris Murphy Court), where everyone gathers beginning at noon. Following the parade, there will be all manner of frivolity back at the center. A King and Queen of Fools will be crowned, there will be "Lunapillar" rides, and more. and it's all free.

This parade is silly, festive and chaotic, in a good way. It is not the sort of formal parade, complete with a judges' stand and such. That's coming up next weekend, with Sebastopol's Apple Blossom Parade, taking place a bit earlier this year.

<strong>SOFA does it again:</strong> The South A Street Arts District is launching another event that promises to provide as much quirky fun and joy as their previous fetes.

"Fool For Art" takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, when more than 30 art galleries, studios and businesses will open their doors and fill the alleys with all manner of merriment, mockery, mayhem and humor. Participants are encouraged to don their most foolish finery and, if so inclined, come prepared to ascend the sacred soapbox to tell a tale, a joke, a rhyme, a limerick, a rant, or offer a quick jig.

"The jester has license to speak of the town's 'dirty laundry,'" the invitation reads, "and to enliven the kingdom with wit."

Seriously: How can you resist?

There always are refreshments at SOFA events. Among the nibbles available for purchase will be pizzette, quiche and tomato soup with cheese bread from Undercover Noshery, and something yummy from the Naked Pig. The wonderfully quirky Atlas Coffee, which now has food, will offering some sort of "hole in the wall" something, too.

As always, show up early to find decent parking.

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