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A Party for Giants 

A Puppets Fundraiser

Here's your opportunity to party with giants while enjoying tasty treats from local vendors, craft brews from Maker House and performances by local artists, musicians and DJs. The event is a fundraiser for the supplies needed to construct the giant puppets produced by Tucson's Living Folklore and seen at festivals and events such as Tucson's All Souls Procession.

In 1997, Mayor George Miller declared that Tucson was "America's first living folklore city" and "an example to the world of how people can come together from many backgrounds to celebrate unity, equality and diversity by creating living stories of healing in their community."

"We are making stories come alive," said the owner and founder of Living Folklore, Jacob Devaney, who has been bringing color and dimension to events of all colors and shapes with his giant puppets and folklore for almost 20 years. 

Workshops are held regularly on weekends to brainstorm and to construct puppets that are meaningful and significant to Tucson's community and culture. 

Although he admits it may be a bit ambitious, Devaney hopes to add five more giant puppets to his collection of 10, including the popular Hillbillie, which he takes to events throughout the Southwest.

"It's really fun to be able to provide an opportunity for people to have an experience they wouldn't have otherwise," Devaney said.

Although admission is free on Saturday, supplies to construct these massive puppets are not. Guests are asked to donate between $5 to $20. 

You can see Hillbillie and his friends plus the new Tucson giants at the Tucson Hullabaloo on April 5 and 6 at Armory Park.

More by David McGlothlin

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