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Seattle Glee Flash Mob 2011

I spent the day today following a flash mob all over the city of Seattle.

Why?

Because it was there … and a couple of friends were in it.

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill

The action started at 11:00am at the Cal Anderson Park ballfields for a final rehearsal. When practice was over, the mob headed down to the Space Needle where the first performance was scheduled. Once there, a couple of the main performers did a media interview, which made it obvious that these events weren’t completely on the down low. The dancers did, however, catch dozens of tourists off-guard, which was kind of cool.

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at the Space Needle

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at the Space Needle

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at the Space Needle

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at the Space Needle

Seattle Glee Flash Mob walking from Space Needle to Westlake Park

Seattle Glee Flash Mob walking from Space Needle to Westlake Park

After the needle, the mob headed over to Westlake Park, where they startled a few homeless people. As the smallest space geographically, Westlake was the most crowded of the performances, and at one point I found myself in the dancer mosh pit unable to escape. Not privy to the choreography, I tried to do the Macarena, but it just didn’t flow.

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Westlake Park

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Westlake Park

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Westlake Park

Seattle Glee Flash Mob at Westlake Park

Seattle Glee Flash Mob walking from Westlake Park to Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob walking from Westlake Park to Capitol Hill

After Westlake, I walked with the group up to Capitol Hill in the rain in order to catch the grand finale at 10th and Pine. Here, I learned that the flash mob was the worst kept secret on The Hill. Everyone was in on it, and the police even closed 10th Avenue to traffic ahead of time. So much for the element of surprise.

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Seattle Glee Flash Mob on Capitol Hill

Anarchists the mob was not. I later learned that they dutifully obtained permits for each mob location.

Now, I don’t watch Glee. Well, I did once, but by the end I found myself wishing for an ounce of hot lead to the temporal lobe. I saw the episode where Gwenneth Paltrow did a rendition of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”, and it completely ruined the song for me. My whole attraction to the song was its heartfelt sincerity and anger, but after the show, it was just another lame Disney tune. Such is the state of music in 2011.

With that being noted, today’s flash mobs were actually quite entertaining to watch. Sure, the mobsters also did the sanitized version of “F You”, but there’s something about a roving band of live performers that is oddly fascinating.

There were between 500 and 1,500 entertainers at any given stop, and the dancers brought a smile to the face of absolutely everyone they came in contact with. The organizers and choreographers clearly put a large amount of time and effort into the “flash mobs”, and I was extraordinarily impressed by the polish and professionalism of the end product.

Supposedly the “Seattle Glee Flash Mob” is now an annual event, and I’m already sort of looking forward to the 2012 performances. It really is a lot of fun to see.

Well done, mobsters, well done.

I recorded most of each flash mob performance, and the organizers will be putting out an official video on which they hope to get 1,000,000 YouTube views (which I will link to from here when it is up). In the meantime, I spliced together a video of their performances. Enjoy.

Below is the Official Seattle Glee Flash Mob Video:

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