Trump’s Kool-Aid, New York

Year(s): 2019

On Monday, April 1, 2019, Joey Skaggs’ 34th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade and 3rd Annual Trumpathon went off without a hitch! Marching from 5th Avenue and 59th Street to Trump Tower at 57th Street in Manhattan, paraders wearing Donald Trump masks carried protest signs and toasted the President with his own Kool-Aid. A police squadron cheerfully escorted the parade.

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Trump’s Military Parade

Year(s): 2018

New York City’s 33rd Annual April Fools’ Day Parade kicked off with a satirical take on Trump’s Military Parade. President Trump astride a tricycle mounted sling-shot launcher with a 10 foot tall rocket was joined by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un who had his own smaller rocket. 

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Trump’s Golden Throne

Year(s): 2017

April Fools’ Day is Joey Skaggs’ favorite holiday. Every year since 1986, to commemorate and celebrate the folly of mankind, he has organized New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade. Over the years, the parade has grown in stature and has now joined the ranks of beloved New York parades. In 2017, unlike other years when the parades have attracted major media coverage but have basically been a figment of Joey’s imagination, there actually was a parade. It was a Trumpathon!

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April Fools’ Day Parade

Year(s): 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

For more than three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. The parade marches down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers rejoice and party. The event ends with the annual crowning of the King of Fools.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Year(s): 1981

Joey Skaggs, with the help of friends and some of his students from the School of Visual Arts, created a stark portrayal of a Thanksgiving feast at the United Nations Plaza on Thanksgiving Day.

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Thanksgiving Parade

Year(s): 1982

In 1982, Skaggs and friends took giant photos of starving children to the Macy’s Day Parade and set them up along the parade route.

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Grotesque Statues

Year(s): 1969

On the 4th of July, 1969, to protest the war in Vietnam, Skaggs erected four obscenely grotesque sculptures of the Statue of Liberty at Cooper Square in the East Village of New York. They were life size mannequins painted green and wrapped in barbed wire. One was in a wheelchair. Several were holding dismembered baby doll bodies instead of torches.

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Fifty Foot Brassiere

Year(s): 1969

On Valentine’s Day, Joey Skaggs and friends strung a fifty foot bra across the U.S. Treasury Building on Wall Street in New York City to embarrass Wall Street workers who were making national headlines for harrassing a female colleague with very large breasts.

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Vietnamese Christmas Nativity Burning

Year(s): 1968

On Christmas Day, Joey Skaggs and friends constructed a life size Vietnamese Nativity scene in New York’s Central Park and, dressed as American soldiers with plastic and wooden weapons, attempted to burn it to the ground to protest the war in Vietnam.

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Year(s): 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969

On four consecutive Easters in the 1960s, Joey Skaggs took a two hundred pound sculpture depicting a cross with a naked rotting skeletal corpse to the streets of New York to protest the hypocrisy of the Church and man’s inhumanity to man.

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