I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Wayne White Puppet Parade

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:56pm

When I heard Wayne White was coming to tow, I couldn't believe it. He was the set designer for Pee Wee's Playhouse. That might as well have been my home away from home when I was a little Annie.

Once I got to meet him and see his new work, I was even more excited. I've got to say Pee Wee's Playhouse has nothing on the cool puppets White is building during his residency at ArtSpace. These aren't your run of the mill puppets, no they're much cooler. They got even cooler when White told me what he's going to do with them. "I'm in in Shreveport to make the world's largest puppet parade. It's going to go down in history."

That's for sure. It's not everyday that you see a giant Annie McCune marching down the street. McCune was Shreveport's first legendary madam. She's not the only Shreveport native to be represented in the parade. There's Huddie Ledbetter, Bonnie and Clyde, Cora Allen, and of course, Elvis. While that might sound like a star-studded group, White told me there's even more coming. "We're going to have about 15 to 20 large puppets, some of them almost 20 feet tall. Masks, and puppets, and small floats."

Small... I'm not sure about that. I don't think White knows small. All of his work seems to be larger than life, just the way I like it. I mean a 20 foot tall Cora Allen puppet sure isn't small.

Now, for everybody who wants to be in the presence of greatness, I've got good news. White is looking for lots of volunteers. He needs some to help right now with the crafting process, and even more the day of the parade. After all, people need to wear and operate all the puppets. Just stay away from Elvis, he's mine. To learn how to volunteer, click here or call Shreveport Regional Arts Council at 318-673-6500.

The parade will be June 28th, at Unscene on Texas Street. It rolls at 6pm.


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