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Saturday, January 28, 2006


Let's Have a Losers' Parade!
This item was originally posted Wednesday, Jan. 25.

WIP's Anthony Gargano is plotting to have one in June. He's kicking plans into gear, asking callers for ideas. He hopes to have all sorts of wild and wacky participants, who will symbolize each of Philly's 88 or so consecutive seasons of ultimate failure and humiliation.

The mind boggles at the possibilities. That's why Early Word and Anthony have decided to collaborate a bit. We'll toss ideas around online, and forward him assorted suggestions, maybe even applications. Of course, you're always invited to call him middays on WIP (610 AM) at 215-592-0610 and 856-963-0610.

Now, Early Word can't resist when there's chance for our imagination to go nuts. This being such an occasion, well, ready or not, let's get this party started.

Gotta have a name for the parade. How about The Lollapa-Loser Parade? The We're Sick of Going to L Parade. The Give 'Em L, Harry, Parade. The City of Pity Parade. Or, simply, the Bummers Parade.

What's a parade without celebrities? Going with that "L" for "loser" theme, then, we gotta invite (or have people impersonate) the likes of Elvis, LL Cool J, Elle McPherson, Elton John, Elf star Will Ferrell, and the cast of Showtime's The L Word. Because there's no way to get the Frankford Market El in the parade (is there?) they could ride on elephants or in El Caminos.

Of course, there has to be a Bare-Chested Brigade, legions of men body-painted in team colors with big L's on their chests. Or maybe years. Playing a dirge on kazoos.

Gotta have a big float where guys suddenly spit beer, then throw remotes to shatter TVs.

Wanna take part? Or just go and watch? What are your ideas?


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