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Metal Mom Parade Float

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Hi, this is my mom. Don't worry, she's fine. She doesn't need help with medical bills or repairing her home. She needs her own parade float.
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She’s semi-retired, she lives with my dad in my hometown of Stoughton, Wisconsin, she feeds the family dog, Millie, by hand, and she rotates dish towels based on what season it is. Her favorite musicians are James Taylor, Josh Groban and Mannheim Steamroller.

She’s a sweet Midwestern mom and that’s why I found it so funny to ask her to wear the most hardcore heavy metal t-shirts I could find at thrift stores. Here are some examples.
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I call her Metal Mom and she’s got a website and her own Instagram account, @MyMetalMom, where you can see her doing "mom" things while wearing Cannibal Corpse shirts.

She is a great sport and I intend to push that about as far as I can on May 20th, 2018, in my hometown parade. Some of my earliest memories are at the annual Syttende Mai parade. Stoughton is a heavily Norwegian town and its Syttende Mai festival celebrates Norway’s Constitution Day with a big parade, including high school marching bands, floats sponsored by the Sons of Norway and the Future Farmers of America, and the winner of Stoughton's Ugliest Troll Contest. Fun fact: I was a finalist in the 1986 contest and got to ride in the back of a convertible! (That's me in the green costume below)
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Stoughton holds the second largest Syttende Mai celebration in the world, but one thing that has gone unrecognized thus far is Norway’s proud tradition of black metal. Bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Satyricon and Immortal have been churning out some of the most extreme metal since the 80s and deserve just as much recognition in the parade as, say, Norwegian folk dancing. And who better to celebrate Norway's heavy metal heritage than my Metal Mom, who's Nowegian by descent and has lived in Stoughton most of her life.

And here's the good news: The Syttende Mai committee has already accepted my application for a Metal Mom float in this year's parade! I’ve got a trailer rented, a friend with a truck who will tow it, and artists who are helping me design and build the float. There'll be an evil throne, upon which my mom will sit wearing a Norwegian metal shirt and knitting. All the while we'll be playing a choice selection of metal music to paradegoers to break up the marching bands and bagpipers. My aunts will also be clad in metal shirts, walking alongside and handing out Metal Mom temporary tattoos.

And here's what I'm most excited about: I’ve been working with a company to craft a 25-foot, Macy’s-style balloon of my Metal Mom for the parade, which to my knowledge has not had anything like this in its 65-year history. Here's the preliminary mockup they sent me.
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It’s going to be great but it’s going to be expensive. My mom knows about the parade and is totally onboard but she has no idea about the balloon or what I have planned for the float. I can't wait to see her reaction when we unveil it!

This is a big dumb idea and I’d love you all to be a part of it. If you want to support this project, I’d appreciate any donation to make it a reality. I’ve enlisted some friends to help document the whole thing with a video on the making of the float, the actual parade, people's reactions to it, and most importantly, what my mom thinks about the whole thing.

Because I want to share this project with you all, I’ll provide photos and updates on the progress to all donors throughout the process. And I'll provide everyone who’s donated $20 or more exclusive early access to the short documentary about it on Vimeo. If you donate $50 or more, I'll also send you a Metal Mom temporary tattoo and you get to suggest a metal song to blare to paradegoers during the actual parade. And for $100, you'll get all of the above plus a limited edition Metal Mom emroidered patch. And by all means, you are cordially invited to attend the parade and see the whole thing go down in person. It's Sunday, May 20th in Stoughton, Wisconsin (15 minutes south of Madison) at 1:30pm. Arrive early to get a good spot along the route on Main Street. We'll be celebrating afterward with a private party at the Stoughton Village Players Theater. Details to come.

All the proceeds from this GoFundMe campaign will go toward paying for float building materials and decorations, the Metal Mom banner, and the balloon and the helium, which will cost over $7,000.

There are far more important causes to donate to, and please donate to those as well, but I can't think of a more wonderfully dumb cause than this. I'd really appreciate your support in making this ridiculous dream come true.  My mom deserves it. Thank you.

-Nick P.
 Son of Metal Mom
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Wow! What a weekend. The Metal Mom parade float went off without a hitch and was a big hit, thanks to the talents and hard work of my hometown team, my mom, and, of course, your generous donations. Thank you again. I am currently poring through a lot of footage from the parade and the making of the float for the short documentary about the experience. You'll get access to that before anyone else as soon as I finish it. But in the meantime, you can watch this segment that aired on Channel 3 in Madison on Sunday. My favorite part is when my mom shouts, "hi crowd!"
Metal Mom on WISC TV
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Parade starts in 5 minutes and Metal Mom is ready!
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Happy Syttende Mai (17th of May in Norwegian)! Friends, we are putting the finishing touches on the float but otherwise we are good to go for the big parade on Sunday. I was just at Wal-Mart with my mom and she got recognized by an older couple who shouted, “Metal Mom! See you at the parade!” It’s awesome. I hope to see many of you here in Stoughton on Sunday. Right now the weather forecast is calling for rain in the morning but clearing up in time for the parade at 1:30. And rain or shine, the parade and Metal Mom balloon will go on! Come to think of it, parading to Slayer in a thunderstorm is about as metal as it gets. We’ll “ride the lightning” if we have to, but I think it’ll be a nice day for a parade. If you’re coming, bring lawn chairs and set them out early along the parade route (anywhere on Main Street between 4th and Page St is prime viewing for the balloon).

As a thank you for donating, you are cordially invited to attend the official after party at 5pm at the Stoughton Village Players Theater (255 E Main St). We’ll have free beer and wine and snacks and you can get a picture with Metal Mom! Really appreciate your support. It’s going to be great.
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Test inflation in the backyard was a success!
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