57th Annual Krazy Daze
Street markets are most common in inner cities, but Edmond has its own version once each year during the summer. Krazy Daze has been an Edmond tradition since the early 1960's, when the owner of a local store (which is still there today) decided to have a sidewalk sale to clear out inventory. Retailers all over town set up tents and tables outside their stores and sell merchandise at reduced prices, typically 50% off or greater. The sale usually continues into the store, with other merchandise available at lesser discounts. The event has a theme, and the employees of local businesses are encouraged to dress up appropriately, although many don't participate in this tradition.
In the early 1980's, my parents owned a toy store, and I remember Krazy Daze well. Mom and Dad dressed in full costume, passing out yellow and green token coins to everyone who passed by.
This year's Krazy Daze theme was Mardi Gras, so most of the employees through on some green, gold, and purple beads and called it good. Others sported masks, and one store had special Krazy Daze shirts on. The kids and I shopped at the downtown retailers, as well as two shopping centers. You won't find any haggling here since the prices are already so good. We found some great deals and returned home before it got too hot outside.
I love that someone decorated the downtown sculptures for Krazy Daze!
C's favorite bronze sculpture, Ham and Eggs