Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The First Ozone Parade

Received an email from my dad this afternoon with a link to the following video. The first minute is "Ozone Burgers (To Go), an animated short by Chris Frayne (Designer of the iconic Washtenaw Dairy t-shirt and brother of Commander Cody). After that it's footage of the First Annual Ozone Homecoming Parade in Ann Arbor, MI, 1972. Holy shit. Behold the glory of the 1970s.


  1. I have this long time debate with my friend Tom, wherein I (who was born in the 70s) argue that it was the best f'in decade ever (porn in theaters; need I say more?). I'm not sure if this video helps my argument or not.

  2. i designed, built, and drove a float in the '74 ozone parade. drove it into a truck, even. true story. i have a picture ... somewhere ....

    -- peter

  3. Ha! Thanks to Damn Arbor for posting this. I was the young man walking/dancing the front of the "Spruce Goose" attempted airplane replica. As I recall, we built it the day and night before. Mitch Booth was my co-constructor. Both of us Art School/Residential College kids. Beautiful day. Thanks for the reminder of who we were.

  4. I was involved with the first four Ozone Parades, somewhere if I can find it is a Parade permit from the city of Ann Arbor. As I recall it cost me $5.
    The First parade in 1972 was themed "Reet Petite and Gone" after a Louis Jordan song.
    Year #2 was "All the Meat and no Potatoes"
    Year #3 was "First I look at the Purse"
    Year #4 was "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing".