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.
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. 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. Despite its name, the event does not fall on the official birthday of the fictional character. 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). For many years the party was a UT tradition, but subsequently the annual Birthday Party became a tradition in Austin’s hippie subculture. – Wikipedia
So every year, people around Austin dress up in their weirdest outfits and gather in Pease Park for drumming, drinking, charity raising, and fun.
So with my hula hoop we headed into the thick of it.
To be honest, there are no words to describe it. I mean, how do you describe a game of unicycle football?
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.