Non-peer pressure

So you’ve probably seen the Sound of Music Train Station Dance video – if you haven’t, you should. Nevermind that it’s a publicity stunt – it’s touching and funny. Even though it’s planned out, there are obviously some random people who jumped in to join the fun.

It reminds me of the IMAX movie theater at Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL). I grew up near there and used to go all the time, and before the movie started there was always this long ad for Chevy. In fact, I’m not sure if it was actually a commercial or just the logo up on the screen, but there was this song, “The Heartbeat of America,” that played for a while – 3-5 minutes, maybe? – and it had an intoxicating effect on the audience. After a minute or two, men, women, young, and old would all start swaying, and then clapping hands to the beat, and sometimes even sing. It was great. I don’t remember any of the movies I saw there, but I sure remember those audiences that spontaneously joined in with the music.

Nice Carnaval 2009

Nice Carnaval is the largest winter event on the French Riviera. In 2009, Carnaval de Nice took place from 13 February to 1 March, and the theme was Roi des Mascarades (King of Masquerades). With 20 tall floats (up to 14 meters / 46 feet high); 20 flower floats; 200 “big heads”; and countless dancers, musicians, and other participants – not to mention tens of thousands of spectators, it was a fun and crazy celebration.

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