Austin Tradition celebrates Eeyore's birthday

April 26, 2008

You are invited to the birthday bash of Eeyore this weekend end. It also means the end of winter and the dawn of springtime in Austin. For the past 45 years this annual even has been like a ritual of spring. Its roots can be traced to the University of Texas where a student named Lloyd W. Birdwell, Jr. presented this as an excuse to organize a huge spring party.

They derived inspiration from a Winnie the Pooh story and assembled together with lemonade, honey sandwiches and a donkey to steer in spring. Ever since then this festival has become a sort of Austin tradition that takes place at Pease Park, situated at 1100 Kingsbury St.

Even today the same charm and its hippie flavor of the 1960’s-70’s still remains intact. Eeyore’s birthday is celebrated with adults and kids Maypole dancing, hippie queen pageant, birthday cake, costume contest, live entertainment and food, all the events taking place Pease Park. Entrance is free and the party begins at 11:00am and continues well into late evening.

Parking is not available so you are advised to other means of transport, like a bus or ride a bike. Conveyance from Congress Avenue and 17th Street and at Colorado and 17th Street too is available.