Hometown Tourism: Eeyore’s Birthday

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You heard that right. That sad depressing donkey from Winnie the Pooh that keeps losing his tail? There is never a shortage of things to do in Austin.

Yeah. We celebrate Eeyore’s birthday here in Austin, Texas.

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How about bringing out your pet goat to celebrate?

While we do try to “keep Austin weird”, there is actually a bit of history behind the celebrations.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party began in 1963 as a spring party and picnic for Department of English students at the University of Texas at Austin by Lloyd W. Birdwell, Jr. and other UT students.[2] It was named for Eeyore, a chronically depressed donkey in A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Poohstories who, in one story, believes his friends have forgotten his birthday only to discover they have planned a surprise party for him.[3] Despite its name, the event does not fall on the official birthday of the fictional character.[4] The original event featured a trashcan full of lemonade, beer, honey sandwiches, a live, flower-draped donkey, and a may pole (in keeping with the event’s proximity to May Day).[5] For many years the party was a UT tradition, but subsequently the annual Birthday Party became a tradition in Austin’s hippie subculture. – Wikipedia

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So every year, people around Austin dress up in their weirdest outfits and gather in Pease Park for drumming, drinking, charity raising, and fun.

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So with my hula hoop we headed into the thick of it.

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To be honest, there are no words to describe it. I mean, how do you describe a game of unicycle football?

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All I know is that I was home.

I missed your weirdness, Austin. Thank you for enveloping me in hugs, kisses, and smiles from strangers that I missed so dearly.

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Definitely NOT a vegetarian.

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There is nothing more awesome than a buff man blowing bubbles.

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How about some dancing?

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Or acrobatic yoga?

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And I loved hanging out with my awesome friend Kim (she taught me how to hoop and made my travel one!). Post coming soon on her awesome business!

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New friends – we’re geeking out over hoop technology.

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22 Responses to “Hometown Tourism: Eeyore’s Birthday”

  1. Amanda @ Adventures All Around June 18, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    Oh my gosh! Eeyore festival? I had no idea such a thing existed in the world, and am glad to now be putting it on my To Do list. Thanks for sharing the magic.

    • Erica June 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Of course! It is the little things like this that make a place.

  2. Phil June 18, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Ahh, great pics!! I love the pet goat :) At some point I would love to have 2 pets: 1 goat and 1 pygmy camel to be friends with the goat. Can you imagine?

    • Erica June 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Is there such a thing as a pygmy camel!?

      I think they would be the best of friends.

      • Phil June 25, 2012 at 10:52 am #

        I am trying to track down pygmy camels in Mali. If I can’t find them, then I am going to work with a pygmy goat vendor to breed pygmy camels. I’m confident it can be done!!

  3. Heidi June 19, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    The pictures just tell it all: You had extreme fun. That is such a fun that I am wishing I could have been part of.

  4. Heather June 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    :-)!!! I love it! I wish we had something like this!

  5. Amanda June 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    This looks like SO much fun! Such a random thing to celebrete.

    • Erica June 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      Well YEAH! I love random things!

  6. Ali June 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    THIS IS HILARIOUS!! I can’t believe this is a real thing! Unicycle football?! I hope to someday go to Austin at the right time to witness this wacky holiday.

    • Erica June 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      Oh yes. Apparently they practice weekly – I have no clue where or if there are even more than a few teams but how AWESOME is that?!

  7. Abby June 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Wow!! I had no idea what to expect… You look sooo hot/skinny in the hula hoop photo. Gotta love Austin.

    • Erica July 2, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      I can’t believe you had never been. It is an Austin STAPLE! <3

  8. Camels & Chocolate June 26, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    This is hilarious! And further proof of why Austin is one of my favorite U.S. cities. I want to come next year!

    • Erica July 2, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Hopefully you will be in town when I am. I would LOVE to show you around.

  9. Ayngelina June 26, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    SO weird but completely awesome. Fun fact for you here, did you know Winnie the Poo is named for a bear in Winnipeg Canada?

    • Erica July 2, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      I had no clue and that makes so much sense now! Thanks for that!

  10. Stephanie - The Travel Chica June 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Texans are weird.

    Austin really reminds me of what I love about Columbus.

    • Erica July 2, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Yes. Yes we are.

      And it is awesome.

  11. Christy @ Technosyncratic June 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    This is the perfect example of why we love Austin. We’ve been lacking some weirdness in our lives lately (well, not from us – we’re always weird – but from staying in a small town in southern OR), so we’ve been going a little stir crazy. A birthday party for Eeyore sounds like a breath of fresh air!

    • Erica July 2, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      You guys need to start frolicking in tutus or something. You always need some weirdness in your lives or it starts to get mundane!

  12. Emily July 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Ohh, Eeyore’s…such a great example of Austin’s weirdness :)

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