The Parade of Giants

Have to say that the Parade of Giants was one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever been associated with. To celebrate the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in March, 14 community groups worked with 15 La Reunion TX artists to design and create giant puppets representing figures they chose as important to the evolution of West Dallas.

Hundreds of volunteers participated in the giant building over the course of just over a month: multiple generations, multiple ethnicities, West Dallasites and folks with no connection who just wanted to be part of it. Children helped paint, seniors sewed costumes,¬†engineers created support systems. Dickey’s Barbecue fed everyone.

When all was said and done, the very best moment was the parade onto the bridge: the community groups and artists carrying the giants together wearing their organization’s t-shirts, thousands of Dallasites cheering the giants and asking questions about who they were, what they did, and what the groups did. Such a wonderful counterpoint to the folks who called the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge the “Bridge to Nowhere.” At the end of that parade, everyone involved understood that West Dallas is Somewhere.

And this shows us the power of artists working together with the community to help it find its voice. It was a real honor to be involved.