- Jun 5, 2010
KALAMAZOO — Good-natured law officers drove their cruisers down Lovell Street wearing rubber pig noses.
A three-man band blasted “Got My Mojo Working” from their Blues Fest 2010 float, followed by a pack of pugs decked out as daisies courtesy of the Kalamazoo Pug Meetup Group.
Parents, strollers and lawn chairs packed Lovell, where the parade began, lining the street as far as the eye could see from South Burdick. Crowds shouted their delight, and kids dove for candy in the road — all enjoying the folly that is the annual Do-Dah Parade on “Super Saturday” in downtown Kalamazoo.
“We love the Do-Dah Parade!” said Mr. Cell Phone, also known as Downtown Wireless owner David Jones. Jones, dressed as a Samsung cell phone, and his manager, Kevin Ezell, worked the crowd, doling out purple bead necklaces.
The spunky Razzle Dazzle Divas tossed treats in all of their lavish Red Hat Society flash.
Ghouls from the Kalamazoo Speedway’s mini-spook house on wheels, including an axe-wielding, “blood”-covered zombie clown, dashed down the streets.
art fair frogShawano Cleary / Special to the Kalamazoo GazetteA metal frog sculpture by Anderson's Metal Sculpture, of Cedar Springs, eyes the massive Crowd at Bronson Park at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Art Fair.
Lauren Haag, 25, of Portage, is a big fan of the parade. “I’ve been coming since was a little kid,” she said. “For as long as I can remember.”
Haag watched the frivolous fun with her 5-year-old son, Gavion Sheppard.
It’s the official parody of anything and everything. This is the one time where silly and satire rules the streets of downtown Kalamazoo. Join over 80 businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community individuals as we enjoy the absurd, the goofy, and the downright un-political nature of a parody. It’s the Do-Dah and it’s reined the streets for years. Admissions is free, and $25 to participate.
You could build that beacon with 12 leds for under $900.00. It is much cheaper than a led light bar. I know it doesn't have the coverage of a full light bar, but it keeps with MSP's tradition...RMBROWN said:I've seen that light first hand down @ priorty 1 and let me tell you that thing is extremely bright.The L.E.D.S are something else I dont know i think my hands are still up in the air about the light I know the price tag on that light is expensive though.
nerdly_dood said:The reason they use the single beacon on the roof is partly out of tradition, but they also did tests with roof beacons and fullsize lightbars, and they found that a full-size lightbar reduces acceleration and can reduce top speed by as much as 10 MPH, but a single roof beacon - even a giant chunk of a light like the one they use - is much more aerodynamic.
Regardless, I'd use a dual-beam halogen beacon over an LED lightbar any day.dustymedic said:When was this test done? 1980? I can't believe those Unity beacons produce less drag than an Liberty or Blade bar...
nerdly_dood said:Regardless, I'd use a dual-beam halogen beacon over an LED lightbar any day.[/quote:28akcaje]
Stendec said:I can easily believe they produce less drag - they have a continuous curve that provides no bluff, flat surface to catch air, or exposed mounting bracketry. No matter how slim an LED bar is, it still presents a relatively flat frontal surface and when the mounting feet morph into alley lights and take downs, the square inches add up.
tigers2007 said:Whats with that plate "AR50"? Must be some special unit as they are usually the post number with car number (i.e. 2502 is Post 25, Car 02),
I think the object with rotating LEDs is to focus the light in such a way that it looks about the same as a rotating halogen light. My impression is that currently-available rotating LED lights have a longer dwell time and don't have quite as much of that "pop" that halogen gives, but PowerArc oscillating lights seem to be better. I've only seen one crappy video of the Vision SLR so I wouldn't know very well how effective its "pop" is.dmathieu said:How about Whelen's new LED spotlight bulb? Would that give the same pop or would you need a longer dwell than you get from a rotator to get the same effect from an LED?
Northernlights/siren said:Well I can say that someone in the capital is filling some deep pocket with a bunch of
over rated leds as beacons, like I said the rear talons are way brighter than the leds
in the beacon, someone is really getting rich off of the tax payers and later on down the
road we'll hear of some problems that will develop with these boat anchors.
I have many friends that are state troopers and they really are not impressed with the
get rich scheme leds that they are getting stuck with . At least someone is getting a
pay check for these worthless beacons and will stay employed for a while until the
shit hits the fan. Now the msp cars look like a over rated tow truck with single beacon
I am wondering if there will be a new msp beacon at the whelen table this sept at the
firemens memorial in Roscommon for viewing?????????????? Time will tell
dmathieu said:It sounds like the troopers may use low power, because the light is so bright. This may be why the Talon is brighter. :?: Note, I've never seen one in person.