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Scenes from the Mad Hatter Parade
Once again, whimsical art cars took to the streets of downtown Vallejo for the annual holiday fest
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Bay Area steampunk fans got a taste of Burning Man as the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival and Parade returned Dec. 14 to downtown Vallejo, California. The event featured a procession of wacky art cars from Obtainium Works and other makers along with pyrotechnic sculptures and kinetic art that one might see on the playa of Black Rock Desert.
The festival was originally scheduled for Dec. 7, but was postponed to the following Saturday due to stormy weather. That proved to be a smart move — the skies were partly cloudy for most of the day, though some light rain fell in the evening after most of the festivities were over.
Many of the vehicles were illuminated by LEDs, making for colorful displays as darkness fell. Highlights included Landau the Dragon, an illuminated steampunk dragon built on a motorcycle, and Santa’s steampunk sleigh, which does double duty as a steampunk rocketship. The grand finale was Chester the Horse, a loud, pyrotechnic equine art truck that spewed fire from its snout and a tube on top.
You can see these and other highlights in the gallery below.