"Thanks for noticin' me"

Happy Birthday Eeyore: The wild and free come together to celebrate the pessimistic donkey


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In honor of the most depressed donkey in cartoon history, hula hoops, bongos, picnic blankets and lots of colorful people gathered at Pease Park on Lamar this Saturday for the annual non-traditional festival that invites anyone and everyone to partake in music, fun and of course body paint celebrating Eeyores Birthday.

Drum circles formed frequently, this one is more official than most but still had the beats to draw a crowd. 

This guy knows how to decorate. Many of the signs hanging were made by festival patrons earlier in the day. 

Posha and her mom find a way to be a hulahoop master: running circles inside of one!

Paul Moon, Whitley, Lihnda Nguyen and Steven Jack. Whitley has been coming to Eeyore's since 1974 and commented on how little nudity there was this year. 

Ashley Beckman spins "pot poi" as Andy Howell and Gregory Hammond look on in awe. 

This veteran couple displayed their costumes or lack there of, with nonchalance and a fun spirit. 

Adam Stevens said he couldn't get anywhere fast at the park because so many people stopped and asked about his friend, Nicky Sixx. 

A washboard player doing what he does best. Adding a unique sound to the atmosphere at Pease Park. 

The Circle Up group of yoga instructors demonstrate incredible skill in practicing partner yoga. 

Jenna Jasso, a whole life coach, acrobat and performance artist spread her message of conscious living. 

Angela Thornton and her dog Billie were first timers at Eeyores but they still made a joint effort to dress the part. 

Answering the call of "happy birthday man!" with a resounding thumbs up in his barely there grass skirt. 

Picnic-ers and hoola hoopers gathered together for a little fun and celebration.

Another handmade sign celebrating the birth of Eeyore. 

Drummers felt the power of the beat and erupted in howls. 

Eric and his best buddy Arthur the parrot showed off their colors and talked to passers-by. Eric's view on the festival sums up a lot of what patrons feel: "It's all about the rif raf." Anyone is welcome as long as you don't mind some stray smoke and a bare breast every now and then.