New York Post, Page Six
March 21, 2005

By Richard Johnson


IT'S too bad the April Fool's Day parade is only a figment of media hoaxer Joey Skaggs' imagination, because this year he's lined up CBS neswsman Dan Rather as Grand Marshal and President Bush to sing "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition." "People are calling, and some of them are building floats," Skaggs told PAGE SIX. The parade was created in 1986 "to commemorate the perennial folly of mankind" and "bring people back in touch with their inherent foolishness." Sure enough, every year, plenty of April fools show up along the Fifth Avenue parade route, accompanied by TV camera crews, for the sadly nonexistent event. "The floats will include the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth float sinking in a sea of lies; the Gov. George Pataki float in a canoe up a canal without a paddle; and the Indiana Pacers' and Detroit Pistons' 'We'll Kick Your Butt' Float," Skaggs said. Celebrity look-alikes include "Donald Trump handing out pink slips while wearing one; SpongeBob SquarePants screaming 'I am not gay!'; Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi looking for the Halloween Parade and Ann Coulter being Ann Coulter."

© 2005 Joey Skaggs