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Eeyore’s Birthday Party

Eeyore’s Birthday Party is a day long festival taking place annually here in Austin, Texas since 1963.  This festival began as a Spring party and picnic for the Department of English students at the University of Texas. It is named for Eeyore, a chronically depressed donkey in A.A. Milne’s “Winnie The Pooh” stories, who, in one story, believes his friends have forgotten his birthday, only to discover that they have planned a surprise party for him.  For many years the party was a U.T. tradition, but subsequently the annual birthday party became a tradition in Austin’s hippie subculture.

The day long party occurs on the last Saturday in April in Pease Park. Bright and diverse costumes are common. In keeping with the original traditions of the event, a live donkey and a May Pole are always present.
Eeyore’s Birthday Party is attended by people from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages, some of whom may have been attending for decades.
Austin’s hippie community still puts in a major appearance.

As usual, since I love PEOPLE so much, most of the picture you will see in this photo essay are “close up’s” of the people who attended.

Eeyore’s 50th birthday party will be celebrated on April 27th, 2013…… I can’t wait !

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  1. 10/22/2012

    Yeah for Eeyore’s BD! Love the face painting on 6th guy over. People do make an interesting study. I’m going to have to step away from the landscapes, and pay more attention to the strange people that pass by me. Thanks for the great post!

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  2. 10/26/2012

    I love the idea of Eeyore’s birthday party.

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    • 10/26/2012

      I do too ! It is such a fun event here in Austin.

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  3. 10/29/2012

    What a great idea….and nicely captured Art!

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  4. 10/31/2012

    Hey Art … nice post. I like the image that you’ve got right up front – the one of the blanket. D

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  5. 01/1/2013

    I have to check this place out. It looks like 1968 all over again. Nice series.

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  6. 05/6/2013

    This is the first year I’ve missed Eeyore’s Bday! 😦 I went to New orleans for Jazz Fest instead haha. How was it this year??? Great pics!

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  7. 05/8/2013

    I live near Asheville which people always compare to Austin, but Austin is where I want to end up.

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