Somebody’s got to take a stand. Somebody’s got to do what’s right. Somebody’s got to walk the walk not just talk the talk. And we’re the damn fools to do it! But, why Mr T? Why, exactly, do we “Pity the Fool?” (And who was “The Fool” Mr. T was always referring to?)
From a formidable bouncer to bodyguard of the stars is an obvious leap, and Mr. T soon protected the likes of Muhammed Ali, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross. In 1980, Sly Stallone noticed Mr. T while filming NBC’s America’s Toughest Bouncer, and it took off from there with the T-ster eventually appearing in over 30 movies and TV shows. At the height of Mr. T’s fame, his bling cost over $300,000 and took him an hour to put on. His Mohawk haircut was inspired by a Mandika warrior’s ‘do.
The parade was first marched in 1972, led by Greenwich Village’s local artists and parents. By 1974, the Theater for the New City and local artist and producer Jeanne Fleming took over production and developed it into the world-famous parade it is now. The 2010 iteration will be the 38th parade; last year had 60,000 marchers and over 2 Million spectators. Just like the Thanksgiving Day Parade, every year is more outrageous and better attended. And we’ll be there, baby, in our mohawks and bling, shouting down the corrupt politicians in DC. We pity those fools the most!