We saw some new characters this year, like this baby man. I don't know what else to call him! This guy was up on stilts and gave the appearance of a baby in a high chair with those little legs on the cushion. How about those teeth in the first pic? I know he really had more teeth since I saw him later in the day, so this must be a very realistic set of costume teeth, complete with realistic gums.
I'm trying to think of a delicate way to say what he was doing in this picture... Let's just say, after he made this expression, a little Hershey's Kiss dropped out from under him. Grossly enough, a little boy ran to pick it up.
Quite a crowd grew around the baby man. I think he had kind of a Pee-Wee Herman thing going on. I overheard several men saying how this character scared them. You figure how many people are afraid of clowns and then you add in how weird it is to see someone who is clearly an adult man act convincingly like a baby, and yeah... it was kind of freaky!
The baby man was part of a way to direct people to a circus of dangerous tricks, and we took the bait.
At the top of the circus stage was this beautiful character. She had this sort of oriental mime thing going on and at times played a drum. She danced around gracefully too.
Here's where the danger came in. I always figured that the trick to this was a folding sword, but I didn't see any evidence of that.
The last dangerous act involved some fire juggling.
Men in hats:
I spotted this guy from quite a distance and was using a loooong zoom that was nearly stalker level. Still, it looks as if he spotted me.
This is a little subsection called "Men in pirate hats":
A Steampunk look:
Here's one of my favorite hats of the day. I always love a good gnome costume!
There was also this adorable lion, who I think might have had a sort of Beauty and the Beast thing going on with the rose. He looked royal in his outfit and the Disney Beast looked sort of like a lion.
I call this guy's look "Forest Sage". What do you think? Maybe a medicine man or a wizard. He'd definitely be living in the woods.
This girl was watching the show and I had to take a picture of her hair because it's just cool, especially with the blue flowers.
There were a few shrines outside an incense shop.
They dance slowly and beat drums. Before you know it, a crowd has formed around them. You can't not look.
At the end of the day there's always a drum circle. A large crowd gathers to dance and the drum beats and movements become almost hypnotic.