The agency is planning to create what it calls the “world’s largest National Park Service emblem” with participants holding brown, green and white umbrellas on the west side of the monument Thursday morning, according to a Facebook event post.
The first 1,000 people to arrive for the event between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will get a free T-shirt and an umbrella to celebrate the “Centennial Living Arrowhead,” which is intended to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the agency’s founding in 1916. Assembly of the umbrella panorama is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
“Between a National Park Service ‘living flag’ program for the bicentennial of Fort McHenry and a video that uses choreographed umbrellas to make designs that one of the staff had seen, the idea sort of evolved over a number of conversations about how best to commemorate the centennial of the National Park Service,” NPS spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email.
Before the event is slated to end at 11 a.m., the agency will have an aerial photograph of the display taken, an NPS news release says. The photo then will go up on the National Park Service’s website and social media pages.
Photo via Facebook/National Mall and Memorial Parks
(Update on Monday, July 5: This event has been cancelled, according to its Facebook event page. Bummer.)
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Combatants are prepared to wage war with water on a playground near U Street next month.
More than 6,700 people have signed up to attend “the largest water gun fight D.C. has ever seen” at the Harrison Playground (1330 V St. NW) on July 9 at 1 p.m., according to a Facebook event page.
Though the water war was originally scheduled to occur at the Washington Monument, the event’s organizer, Alex Gonzalez, said the National Park Service “[wasn’t] too pleased” about hundreds of people with squirt guns year the National Monument.
No matter the location, Gonzalez said the water gun fight is meant to evoke the kind of squirt gun battles he had as a child.
“I have fond memories of the insane water gun fights I had as a kid,” Gonzalez said. “I’m just trying to recreate that magic on a bigger scale.”
Gonzalez, who also organized the snowball fight in Meridian Hill Park in January, said that he expects between 300 and 2,000 people to show up to the event.
Attendees should bring squirt guns with portable water tanks but should leave the water balloons at home, Gonzalez said.
Photo via Flickr / Graham Dean
See photos from Saturday’s pillow fight at Dupont Circle.
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon the warriors were showing up, little by little — some coming from a previous battle at the Washington Monument, others for their first bout. Discretely (as much as possible while carrying a pillow) and silently (as much as you can with a bunch of friends walking with you), they approached the site of the battle: the Dupont Circle fountain. It was already full with people and the Circle itself had a number of people enjoying the Saturday afternoon.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, the war-scream “Pillow Fight!” filled the air. Then at least 100 fighters brought out their pillows and started wacking each other in celebration of annual International Pillow Fight Day. The fight started around 4:15 pm and lasted more than an hour. People kept on coming to the Circle in search of a second pillow fight, after their first one at the Washington Monument.
It was a great battle, entertaining and fun, with no major casualties — except for the insides of pillows.