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From Now On, I'll Only Answer to "Puppet Master."

Have you ever heard of Pee Wee's Playhouse? I had heard of it, but didn't watch it. I'm guessing that was before my time, but even so, I had the coolest experience recently. Wayne White, an artist who used to work on that show, came to Shreveport and designed puppets that were relative to the Shreveport area, including Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Bonnie & Clyde. It was an honor to be able to work with him as a puppeteer in the parade. I can't imagine the amount of work and time that went into making each of these pieces. 

Action shot of Cora from SRAC's Instagram

Alligator shot from SRAC's Instagram

Before the parade, there were lots of things going on. There were a few food trucks, including Geauxsicles, which are delicious popsicles with sliced fruit in them. There were also a few art vendors and lots of activities, mainly for kids, but that didn't stop Jimi and me from playing with chalk. Apparently, ours was one of the best because people kept walking by to admire it and take pictures of it. One lady even wrote her name under it and started taking pictures and claiming it as her own. Yea, lady. We saw you.

Our street artwork. Jimi added some clouds later.

We went on a mini tour of downtown Shreveport during our downtime between practice and the parade. We took some pictures in the Asian Gardens.

Pretty much twins. Can you tell which one is Jimi? 

What was my job? I was the guitar strummer. I couldn't do much else. I definitely couldn't have held the spine of any of these creations. I know I look broad and strong and all...okay I don't. I'm a shrimp, which is why they immediately pinpointed me as the weakest of the group and gave me the lightest thing to hold. I'm totally okay with that though. So whose guitar was I strumming, you ask? Good ole Lead Belly. He was a jazz musician back in the day. I know strumming his guitar may seem like it could have been an easy job, but it was more complicated than you might think. The act of not accidentally hitting someone in the crowd was an art in and of itself.

It's events like this that are going to start putting Shreveport on the map. There are always fun, artsy things going on downtown, and I'm confident that as Shreveport continues to grow, it will become a travel destination. There's so much history in the area and lots of things to do that most people don't even know about, even locals. This show was organized by UNSCENE!, which is produced by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC), and they put on monthly festivals. If you're ever in the Shreveport area, you should definitely check out the art scene. 

See even more pictures from the event on their Facebook page here!

Meet Sammi from College Beauty Buff!

Sammi is a 21-year-old beauty blogger from New York. Her blog, College Beauty Buff, is her beauty diary of the different products she tries on her journey for the best budget products. In her spare time, she enjoys eating ice cream, looking at pictures of cute baby animals, and binge-watching Bob's Burgers.

What are you looking forward to this summer? 
Taking advantage of my last summer vacation, since my final year of college starts in the fall and after that I'll have to actually be an adult.

Where is your favorite place that you've visited? 
I studied abroad in Fall 2012, and I loved all of the countries I visited. However, if I had to pick one, it would probably be Trieste, Italy. I loved learning about the culture and eating the oh-so-glorious food.

Where would you go on your dream vacation? 
I would love to do what my aunt and uncle did on one of their anniversary trips: They started at Sorrento, Naples (Italy), and then took day trips to the surrounding islands, like Capri. I thought studying abroad would quench my need to travel, but all it's done is make me want to go even more places! I want to see the world!

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  1. That looks like so much fun! Admittedly, I would have been a bit nervous that a swift wind would come and topple the puppet over. I'm sure that is an experience that you will never forget!

  2. I felt bad for the people holding the spine of the puppets, because they really did struggle in the wind! I'm grateful I only had to strum the hand.

  3. It was so much fun. I'm so happy got to be part of it!

  4. That looks like a blast!! Those puppets looks totally awesome!!

  5. It really was a blast! Such a fun event to be a part of. The puppets looked incredible! Can you believe that they're only made out of cardboard and styrofoam?

  6. It looks like you all had a wonderful time!

  7. Wow, those look like a lot of fun. Those puppets are incredibly made.

  8. They are! And it's mainly just cardboard. The hands and feet are made of styrofoam on some. I just can't imagine the amount of work that went into each one.

  9. Those puppets are seriously amazing!

  10. Aren't they though? I can't imagine how much time went into each one. They're mostly made out of cardboard, and some have styrofoam for the hands and feet. They're even more awesome in person! So artsy. I could never accomplish something that cool haha.

  11. I love those puppets! Thanks for sharing. In college I took a puppetry class, it was really fun!

  12. Oh my gosh. I finally had a chance to look at this is and am SO FREAKING JEALY! Wayne White is my favorite artist!

  13. Wayne White is incredible! I'm still in awe of the work that he does. He was so great to work with, and I love how proud he was of all of his work. When we were walking, he was constantly instructing us (in a good, not annoying way) on how to make our puppets look how he envisioned and was also taking pictures and videos because he was just so proud (and rightly so) of all of the hard work he did. He really is just so great!

  14. I did! Such a unique and amazing experience!

  15. That's so awesome! This was my first experience with puppets, and it was definitely a lot of fun!


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