The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival attracts thousands to the historic downtown district with its Mad Hatter Parade and fire-shooting Wonderland recreations that turns the city into a fantasy world for children and adults alike!
VALLEJO, CA, November 02, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Every year there are acclaimed Burning Man sculptures surrounding the Festival as well as participating in the Mad Hatter Holiday Parade. The SOMA Sculpture created for Burning Man 2009 event, will be on display, an interactive stainless steel structure with 97 LED Lights and the fire shooting Santa Gnome both by the Flaming Lotus Girls. Another added attraction is the Steampunk Airship, a Victorian pirate ship with a helium multicolored balloon by the Airpusher Collective that was born and nurtured through the heart of Burning Man.
The Mad Hatter Holiday Parade also offers romantic classical moments as well with the fully uniformed CAL Maritime Cadets and their beautifully dressed partners waltzing in the parade. Award winning high school marching bands and Color Guard each year wow the spectators with their outstanding choreographed holiday performance. Vallejo’s schools shine brightly as they march down the tree lighted streets of Wonderland in Vallejo’s historic district.
Decorated floats of tea parties fill the parade along with Cinderella’s Carriage, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Pot and shirted motorized characters from Wonderland. There are also battleships and lighted tricycles and airships that all glide through the Mad Hatter Holiday Parade most created by Vallejo’s Obtainium Works, Steampunk Collective Shannon and Kathy O’Hare.
Many iconic characters appear out of the rabbit hole to be in the parade and festival from Star Wars as well as from the Hatter’s Tea Party including the celebrated Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Lion King and other famed movie and comic book heroes that come out of the rabbit hole to Vallejo’s Wonderland.
This year’s Grand Marshall is Roy Rogers, one of the premiere slide guitar players in the world with over 20 recordings to his credit and eight Grammy nominations for producing, recording and as a songwriter. He has collaborated with many renowned artists including John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana and Sammy Hagar among many others. He is known world-wide for his talent and continues to tour with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings. The Hatter’s honorary community organization is S.O.C.K supporting our cancer kids: Amanda Ferron’s son diagnosed with Leukemia said that she was touched by all S.O.C.K does for their little cancer warriors.
The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade, & Tree Lighting is held Saturday, December 2, 2017 more of the Mad Hatter activities happen for several weekends afterwards with tea parties and holiday performances: The Empress Theater hosts pictures with Santa in the afternoon and the Mad Hatter’s after party with The Tasmanian Devils and The Edge Reunion. Many other merchants and artists galleries are engaged with holiday shows and tea parties during the Festival. Another highlight is the popular Grand Victorian Homes Tour on Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Vallejo, CA., in Vallejo’s designated historic home district with a festive reception at the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum and the after party at Godfather’s Winery on Mare Island.
Wonderland Festival Activities begins at 2:00 p.m. in Unity Plaza, downtown Vallejo
Mad Hatter Parade starts at 4:30 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m.
Lighted Boat Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.
Empress Theater Mad Hatter After Party starts at 8:00 p.m.
The award winning Burning Man Fire Shooting Dragon Wagon will make an appearance in the Mad Hatter Holiday Parade as well as dancing horses. Harry Potter’s recreated Night Bus, and the Mad Hatter’s Flash Mob Dancers all light-up Vallejo’s downtown streets in the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival.
There are also several food courts and one Wonderland Forest Food Court surrounded by a multicolored inflatable forest by Astro Botanicals. There is an Artisan Wine & Beer Garden by the lighted holiday tree and fire shooting Santa Gnome. Many of the attendees are donned with top hats and Victorian attire that come in droves to celebrate Wonderland once again where the Mad Hatter rules.
There will be R2D2 droids roaming about along with Darth Vader and other Star War characters taking the parade and festival to Galactic Empires as well as dancing horses and multi-colored sparkling contraptions of wonderment and a children’s amusement park and holiday train taking families around the lighted holiday festival.
In addition, many of the downtown merchants, Victorian home owners, galleries, eateries, besides the theater and museum all participate with Wonderland surprises throughout the month of December.
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For more information contact: Frank Malifrando, 414-533-1522
Hyperion Community Partners LLC produces in partnership with the City of Vallejo, The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade & Tree Lighting and the Mad Hatter July 4th Waterfront Festival that attracts over 10,000 attendees enjoying a Wonderland mix of creative entertainment plus the most unusual attractions for children and adults with live entertainment, carnival rides, an artisan beer and wine tasting garden, colorful cultural performances, and zany parades.
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