Mark March 2 on your calendars for the fourth annual Smallest Parade in the Universe — a delightful little indoor parade of tiny floats that benefits The Monroe Association for ReMARCable citizens in Key West.
The parade has asked artists and craftsmen of all ilk to create tabletopsize floats that will roll down a makebelieve parade route complete with a “police escort” and a bobble-head grand marshal.
It all happens indoors at the Key West Theater at 512 Eaton St.
This year’s theme is “It’s About Time,” so expect clocks, time travel, calendars, hourglasses and all manner of time-related thematic décor.
“I am always surprised and delighted to see what the designers come up with. It’s a feat of imagination,” says event coordinator Judi Bradford.
For this tiny parade, artist create a “floats” no larger than 18 inches tall, wide and long to compete for a $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize and $250 third prize.
At the end of the parade, auctioneer Landon Bradbary will auction the participating floats, with 50 percent of sales going to the MARC charity and 50 percent to the artist who designed the float.
“Most of the floats this year are by previous award-winners, assuring a high quality of work,” Bradford says.
MARC is a nonprofit organization that provides life services for Monroe County’s adult developmentally and intellectually disabled residents. It is a vital part of the Key West community and a beloved organization that spreads kindness and generosity in its path.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. on the stage of the Key West Theater. Doors will open one hour before the show so so the audience can preview the floats up close to see the details and plot their bidding strategy.
Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased at www.thekeywesttheater.com. It’s about time to make your reservations now. ¦