Decentralized Dance Party
Back on September 17th 2011, an ‘event’ called the decentralized dance party rolled into Calgary and turned our downtown in a mobile safari party. Their goal is to simply create a rocking party, and they did a great job at it. It was really fun! One of them carries an FM transmitter hooked up to an Ipod, then everyone uses boomboxes and radios to tune in and spread the musical love.
Tom and Gary loaned out a number of boomboxes, and all in all there were over 200 of them. In addition to this, they had a microphone connected to the system so they could communicate with the crowd.
Tom and Gary aren’t their real names. The decentralized dance party is what’s important, and it’ll always have hosts named Tom and Gary. Even if it’s two girls running it, they’re going to call themselves Tom and Gary.
Decentralized Dance Party Themes
Tom and Gary switch up their party themes at every new location. This time in Calgary, they encouraged everyone to dress up in 80’s business attire, including bringing office chairs and briefcases. It was both hilarious and awesome.
The Calgary Police were there too, however no dancing that I saw. They seemed perfectly content just watching, and making sure traffic didn’t run anyone down.
The party started at Shaw Millennium Park then made it’s way east, ending up inside the University of Calgary parking garage located at 8th street and 8th avenue southwest. At the time there were no doors, so people just partied their way right in. The party stayed here for about half an hour.
A few people brought + slammed some beer, but generally everyone was just high on partying. Andrew W.K would have been so proud.
After exiting the parkade, the party made it’s way down to Century Gardens park, where it stayed for about an hour.
The party stayed at Century Gardens for about an hour as everyone danced and .. swam to the beat. Not something I’ve ever thought of doing, that water looks nice and all but I’ll pass thanks. Everyone seemed to really love it though. Wonder if anyone caught anything from it.
Here’s a video of some shenanigans.
Find the rest of my photos of the event here:
We miss you Tom and Gary. Please come back to Calgary soon! You can find them on twitter.