While preparing for the water gun festival, putting all of my belongings into plastic bags to protect them from water damage, I was thinking about the special place in hell that must be reserved for whomever thought to add this to my itinerary. I may be too cynical or too New York, but I don’t want any strangers squirting me with anything anywhere ever. The description of the event also mentioned being sprayed with fire hoses. I don’t know one single Black person who would go somewhere to be voluntarily sprayed by fire hoses. Also, I don’t like guns and don’t want people pointing even a play gun at me. Plus, what does any grown-ass woman want with a water gun festival?
These were the thoughts with which I began my Sunday morning, stringing expletives together in innovative ways that would impress even Richard Pryor. Still, I vowed to keep an open mind. It was the first sunny day all week and I had an excuse to dress like a hooch so at least there was that. Plus I was scheduled to go with Eunhee and she’d seemed psyched about it from the beginning. That and the fact that I had already made the reservations made me get out of the house. About $7 included admission and a small water gun.
Thankfully we got a free upgrade to larger ones (they’d run out of the small ones by the time we got there) because it was REAL out here on these streets.
As you can see from the photo above, there were folks who tricked out their guns with juice or water bottles so they could hold more water.
It actually wound up being really fun. There were performances and creative water guns and costumes. Even G.I. Joe & Santa were there….
Once I got into it, I really enjoyed being able to spray random people with water.
There were a few stations with inflatable pools for refills.
It was hilarious because when dance groups came out to perform, everyone would start spraying them (including me). I give them their props for being able to continue dancing while getting soaked head to toe.
Even as I took the above photo, I was getting sprayed.
Of course the kids were loving it, though many parents would retaliate if you sprayed their kids but hey, if you are old enough to give it, you can take it, right?
I couldn’t believe they blocked off several city streets for this, and felt a little bad for folks just wanting to walk down the street.
This dude was actually spraying people with a hose from his window.
By the end of the day we were cold and soaked but it was well worth it. Whoever scheduled me to go to this, my apologies for damning you to hell. It was a blast! Pun intended.