The Red Ribbon Cavalcade

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The Celebrity Red Ribbon Cavalcade was first presented at the 1992 Gay Pride March in NYC, and later traveled to various locations. Over 2 dozen red ribbon costumes for the Celebrity Red Ribbon Cavalcade offer a theatrical tableau reflecting the ever widening demographic scope of the crisis, educating—by entertaining—the public about the red ribbon's purpose and about safe sex.

The project was conceived by Marc Happel and Frank Moore, designed by Harvey Weiss, and produced and staged by Marc Happel and Harvey Weiss. Over 60 volunteers were used to sew, wear and perform in the costumes. They were first worn at the 1992 Gay Pride March in New York, winning best use of theme that year. Performer Lypsinka was the Cavalcade's first Grand Marshall.

On Dec. 1st, 1992 for Day Without Art it was staged at Artists' Space for a Visual AIDS fundraising benefit with performers Charles Busch as M.C., Penny Arcade, Marga Gomez, John Kelly, Frank Maya, Reno, Jim Self & Patrick Rawlins, Robert Sherman, Gary Shiro, Sons & Daughters, Brother Tongue Collective, David Ehrich, Ellen Fisher, Katy K, Jerri Allen, and the House of Field. The costumes were worn again in the 1993 Gay Pride March in New York with Mistress Formika as the Grand Marshall. Subsequently the Celebrity Red Ribbon Cavalcade was staged at a parade in Austin, Texas, as part of a NAAO convention (National Artists Associations Organization).

The costumes are currently being stored by Marc Happel and Harvey Weiss. Photographs of the event are held at Visual AIDS.