Ribbon Fool Workshop
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
100 Satellite Road
on the way to Pouch Cove
Registration is required for this program.
Please call the
Town of Pouch Cove
Bring your own white long-sleeved shirt and pants if you have them. We will have
tshirts as well.
Today most people don’t know about the Fools, but about fifty years ago these mischievous characters roamed the streets of Pouch Cove and Flatrock on Old Christmas Day flaunting the most elaborate and fantastical Christmas outfits. The Fools would emerge from the woods with a spliced rope in hand, chasing down anyone who crossed their path to give them a crack of their rope in fun jest. With their ribbons blowing wildly in the wind against a backdrop of freshly fallen snow these Fools were quite a sight to see.
Their costumes were made of white shirts, pants and gloves, all of which were entirely covered with crȇpe paper ribbons and holiday tinsel. Giant masks made of decorated cardboard covered their heads and faces for the ultimate disguise.
We're excited to work with the Town of Pouch Cove to bring the Ribbon Fools back to their home!
Come to this workshop and add a bit of attitude to your holiday garb. Wear your Fool’s costume masterpiece to the Parade and dazzle spectators with this long forgotten Christmas disguise!
Join our facilitator, folklorist, author and intangible cultural heritage expert Dale Jarvis as he gives an overview of the tradition - and share your own memories as well.
We'll have some white tshirts, but if you have them bring your own long sleeved white shirt and pants for your costume base (but make sure they are big enough to fit over your winter clothes so you stay warm throughout the Parade!).
Workshop is free; donations are gratefully accepted.
Registration is required.
For ages 10 and older. There must be one supervising adult for each child under 16 years of age.
Presented in partnership with the Town of Pouch Cove.