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That's friggin hilarious. I love that somebody dressed up as butter. How random is that?! I mean somebody has to really love butter. Haha.

Emily Ann

Wow...I can't believe it's that time of year again! I remember when Sarah, Andy and I went with you, Jenny and David! That was sooooo much fun! There were mullets everywhere...speaking of, what was the mullet turnout like this year???


There are days when I really, really miss living in Texas. Our parades in NYC are not nearly as fun as the ones I went to when I lived in Texas.


I can't believe I missed this...


Great pics! I must visit San Antonio on my next road trip.

Carol Sowa

Hi, Lisa,
A friend emailed me your post with my picture as the butter in this year's King William Parade and I then discovered your 2006 parade post, which referred to the butter as guy. Thought I better set that “straight.” I am a definitely heterosexual gal who has been marching in the parade as the butter for 9 years now.

Don’t have a web site, but you can see non-butter pictures of me on the Texas Music Coalition web site (www.texasmusiccoalition.org) in the photo gallery. I’ve been on their board of directors just slightly longer than I’ve been the butter.

Thought I’d fill you in on the story behind the butter while I was at it. Actually, I don’t have a special thing for butter and it all came about as a fluke. Back in 2000, I was working as a writer for a tourist magazine based in the King William neighborhood and decided to get us in the parade while writing a story on it.

Had never seen the parade, though heard it was “funky,” so came up with the idea of decorating the company van like a toaster, with bread popping out of the top and a corny banner taped on saying “A Toast to King William.”

I happened to spot a box in my garage that looked like it could be painted or covered to serve as a butter stick and found a large container to serve as a jam jar. Originally planned to attach the butter to the van, but discovered that wouldn’t work. Then decided that by cutting a few strategic holes in it, someone on the staff could wear it. There were no takers, so I wound up wearing it myself.

Had such a great time with the crowd yelling witticisms at me I found a way to work my butter stick character into my designs for the magazine’s parade entry the following three years. When I went on to a new job in 2004, I just couldn’t let the butter stick die and was taken in by a group of drummers, known as the Rhythm Section, whom I’ve been accompanying in the parade the past 4 years.

Long ago, the King William Parade folks used to let anybody be in the parade who wanted to, but they have gotten extremely selective over the years, and last year almost as many applicants were turned away as accepted.

My first year, 2000, was the first year they made you fill out an app., but there was no fee. Over the years the cost to apply has gone up astronomically. (One recent year, with mandatory insurance fees added, it was over $100 for non-KW residents!)

They have drastically reduced the size of the parade too, to not take up so much time. That first year there were over 100 entries, but now they only let in 50 to 60 and you have to submit a description of your entry for them to judge who will be allowed in.

We sweat it every year, because they always say just because you’ve been in it before doesn’t mean you will be accepted again. (The Rhythm Section has been in it for 10 years now, and I’ve been in for 9 years altogether.)

So glad you got a kick of the butter. It is just pure, silly fun!

Carol Sowa

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