Festifools

. March 27, 2013.
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When Mark Tucker saw carta pesta, the papier mache creations popular in Viareggio, Italy, he did two things: learned how to master the technique himself, and brought back the concept to Ann Arbor. Since 2007, the former Michigan Thanksgiving Parade art director and current UM professor has been teaming up with other artists, students, and families for the annual public art festival Festifools, which returns to A2 on Friday and Sunday, April 5 and 7. The celebration feature two events: FoolMoon, an illuminated paper lantern extravaganza the night of April 5, and the Festifools parade with 3D kinetic sculptures and music on Main Street on April 7. Prior to the parade, families can go to the Ann Arbor Public Library’s downtown branch for a robot costume workshop. (The celebration is named Festifools in honor of its timing with April Fools’ Day.) “We hope it’s the kind of thing where, if you’re in Texas one April Fools’, you’ll think, gee, I wish I was at Festifools in Ann Arbor,” says Tucker. FoolMoon, Friday, April 5, dusk to midnight, Washington St.; Festifools, Sunday, April 7, 4-5pm., Main St. Free. 734-763-7550. Festifools.org. For information about the library workshop, visit aadl.org.