April 27, 2013 - Eeyore's Birthday Party!

Do you know Eeyore? This donkey of A.A. Milne's beloved Winnie-the-Pooh series was always blue—by which I mean sad! He really needed a party to cheer him up, don't you think?

Well, students at the University of Texas in Austin apparently thought so, and they created a big birthday bash for the chronically depressed Eeyore. That was in 1963—so today is the 50th Annual Eeyore Birthday Party in Austin!

The annual event started as a trashcan full of lemonade, honey sandwiches, a few other picnic foods and drinks, a live, flower-draped donkey, and a may pole. Nowadays there are non-profit (charity) food and drink vendors, live music, and drum circles with all sorts of drums, from hand drums to kettle drums. There is a children's areas with arts and crafts. There are family games such as sack races, costume contests, and an egg toss. Keeping with the tradition of the origin of the festival, there is always a may pole and a live donkey.

Thousands of people come every year!

There is even an Eeyore's birthday spin-off held each year in Seattle, Washington.

Have your own Eeyore's Birthday Party.

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