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Carytown Cone Parade brings new age energy to the new year in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On New Year’s Day, Richmond residents gathered in the parking lot of a 7-11 on Cary Street to celebrate the 15th annual cone parade, promising to bring positive energy to the city.

“It is essentially our New Year’s Day gift and offering to Carytown: our beloved shops, our beloved people,” said Nick Lasky, a local psychic and the parade’s marshal.


Cones dressed for the parade in Carytown. (Photo: Amir Massenburg/WRIC)

The parade, which is sponsored by local new age bookshop the Aquarian, has been goign on for fifteen years,w ith local residents gathering in home-made cone costumes decorated whimsically.

“It’s a time of fun, it’s a time of wild creativity,” Lasky said. “It doesn’t make any logical sense but nevertheless we’re doing it and this is the 15th year.”

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Why cones? The shape, Lasky said, was chosen to “channel the spiralic energy of nature.”

“A lot of times we think we’re spinning around our sun in a circle, but our sun is spiraling through our galaxy,” Lasky said.

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