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06-26-2009, 09:34 AM
reinact Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on a 4th of July Parade Float? (this is our first year in the parade) and we have built a graveyard / mauseleum (sp?) float (approx 10x25). It is coming together nicely... The plan was to reinact a zombie thriller for the judges... Now, Michael Jackson is dead... is it too soon to perform Thriller on the 4th of July?

side note: The theme of the parade is "American Heros, past and present"

06-26-2009, 09:54 AM
Let's see some pics of your float sounds cool!

I think its a good idea, why not? It's tribute.


Raycliff Manor
06-26-2009, 09:55 AM
I think I'd add a sign that says "In Memory of Michael Jackson" or something to that effect. I think people will like it.


06-26-2009, 10:04 AM
I do like Kel's sign idea. And I think the Zombie Thriller theme would have been a perfect tribute, especially for the theme "American Heros, past and present." However, because MJ just died, I think people may be bothered more by the graveyard/mausoleum setting than by the zombies or Thriller tribute. Something to consider.

06-26-2009, 10:12 AM
I think for heroes they mean Military heroes or politicians, rather than pop stars right?


freak 'n' stein
06-26-2009, 10:29 PM
I would consider MJ a hero. You should definitely do it. Like others have said, it's a tribute.

06-27-2009, 04:45 AM
Not too soon - too late. I think many people will be tired of him by then.

And think what you will, but many people do not look at him as a hero.

06-27-2009, 06:04 AM
that video has been talked about since 1982. It has staying power and I think the float is a sweet (not like "awe, nice of you" sweet) idea. I loved the FX work. They set the bar high. You have your work cut out

06-27-2009, 09:49 PM
I love the dancing zombie float with plaque idea, but I'd avoid putting the gravestones out.

That might be too morbid for the casual fan.

06-28-2009, 01:19 AM
I agree with Accipiter and Hauntphreak that the Thriller/zombie reenactment will likely be accepted well because most do consider Michael Jackson a hero.

I also agree with them that some may think the graveyard may be a bit too much this early. A possible solution? Remove any gravestones you can and use the mausoleum(s) as "plaques" to write tributes to Michael. If you have more than one, write different tributes as needed. These could be on all sides as needed. You'll figure out something. Even just the name of some of his songs (and don't forget his "We Are the World" efforts) could be a start.

I just know that it sounds like you already have the graveyard float, and I'm a bit concerned about that and don't want you to miss out on this great opportunity either. We wish you success! Let us know how it goes!

06-28-2009, 02:48 AM
most do consider Michael Jackson a hero.

I disagree with the "most" part of that statement. A celebrity, yes. A hero, no.

This probably isn't the time or place for this discussion but since the theme of the parade is "American Heros, past and present" I would be very careful. For all of his fans, there are many who see him as a child molestor who bought his way out of prison. And didn't he turn his back on America for a while? I was actually surprised when I heard he was in L.A.

06-28-2009, 02:52 AM
And what's with these polls? All of the choices are on one side of the column.

Do you like President Obama:
A. More than life itself
B. More than I've ever loved anyone before
C. A lot; he's amazing
D. Very much

End result released by Gallop: Americans love the president by an overwhelming majority. See how you can skew results to make polls say anything you want?

06-28-2009, 03:12 AM
You're right, of course, Shawn. It was a poor choice of words on my part. I'm just not at my sharpest this late.

I agree that it may NOT be true that "most" Americans think of him as a "hero." However, I do still think that most will value the Thriller/zombie tribute without the graveyard at this time. Most of the news reports I've seen (even from around America) show people mourning the loss of a great American icon, not generally speaking of whether he was a child molester. There has been continual coverage of his life and death on the cable news networks.

Farrah died the same day, and I've seen almost nothing about her, which I think is really sad. I also heard that a war hero died that day but I never even heard who it was because they only are covering Michael Jackson's death, not the bad, but the good, except for all of the speculation about the prescription drug abuse.

Perhaps now Michael seriously can FINALLY rest in peace.

06-28-2009, 07:43 PM
I have since learned that the war hero they were referring to was Ed McMahon, who died a couple of days before Michael and Farrah.

06-29-2009, 08:22 AM
Michael Jackson was a pop star, a great performer the best there was in his day. A hero though, he is not. He never risked his life for someone else or anything like that he just sang and performed well and made great video people get carried away and toss the "hero" word around too lightly.

He will certainly be missed for sure....


Killer Katie
06-29-2009, 03:22 PM
I think michael jackson would be honored - what better way to celebrate his life, than to emmulate (sp?) his greatest selling album of all time and the first viideo of it's kind. i really don't see how anything would be in bad taste!
Go forth and you better post pictures!!

06-30-2009, 08:19 AM
I agree with Katie. I think that he would really enjoy it and I don't believe it is to early.

As far as a hero.... I can't believe that was even brought up. As a vet... I can think of better canidates.

Phantom Foundry
06-30-2009, 01:21 PM
I think it's a great idea! Michael Jackson contributed so much to the music/ pop culture of our country, so I think it would be a very "American" thing to do, as well as a tribute to a very talented man. And, well, it's Thriller - the crowd will go nuts!

07-05-2009, 05:05 AM
Don't worry about the theme and whether MJ is a hero or not, 90% of your parade goers won't even know what the them is.

"When Farah Fawcett went to heaven, God asked her if there was anything she would like to wish for. She said she wished that all the little boys on earth would be safe. Next thing you know Michael Jackson's in heaven."

07-05-2009, 07:06 AM
I will post some more pics and video this week. That was probably the most cost effective way to get ourselves in front of 15-25k people. Granted, it was mostly people outside of our target market... however... those kids 6-10 are the customers of the future. Thanks for the thoughts generated behind this post.

07-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Thanks for your advice. My wife and I debated the thriller topic for days... your votes of confidence helped us make a final decision on thriller. We had 9 characters perform an abridged version of thriller... and it was a crowd pleaser. I can't wait to put together something for next year.

Below are some more pics from the 4th.

Phantom Foundry
07-11-2009, 09:19 AM
So glad the parade went well...thanks for posting the great pics ;-)


07-11-2009, 09:36 AM
WOOHOOO! Great pics and glad that everyone enjoyed it.