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PHOTOS: Eeyore's 51st Birthday

Happy Birthday, Eeyore!

Merman. Eeyore's 51 Birthday, April 26, 2014 at Pease Park. Austin, TX.
Kaitlyn Clement

There’s no other festival in Austin that keeps it weirder than Eeyore’s birthday. Planned for last Saturday of April every year since 1963, it’s a day where live music, food, beverages, and costumes can be enjoyed by all for free.

What began as a spring picnic for a group of English students at the University of Texas Austin has now expanded into an Austin tradition in hippie culture over the 50 successful celebrations.

Founder Lloyd W. Birdwell, Jr. named the event after Eeyore, the gloomy donkey in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, who in one story was saddened because he thought all his friends had forgotten his birthday. Thus the celebration was born. The first birthday party was located at Eastwoods Park and included a trashcan of lemonade, beer, honey sandwiches, a live flower-draped donkey, and the colorful costumes that still remain a festive tradition.

Today, Eeyore’s Birthday has moved over to Pease Park and has an annual attendance in the thousands with family-friendly games and contests. Best of all, it’s an event that gives back to the community. Austin non-profit Friends of the Forest Foundation distributes funds to as many local charities as they can through vendors at the festival.

From acro-yoga groups to unicycle football leagues, or mermen and drum circles by the dozen, Eeyore’s Birthday is a fantastic freak fest filled with creativity and entertainment for everyone.

Check out the photos from this year’s birthday party!

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