By Bixyl Shuftan
Sunday May 21 was Bay City's Anniversary Parade and dance party. It was a special one as this was the 15th such event to celebrate the creation of Second Life's largest urban area by the Linden Moles. Like others, it was organized and led by Marianne McCann
Charlee and I showed up near the start, and waited.
I was given a press badge by Marianne. I didn't really need it, but it did make things look official.
From a distance away, I could see a little of the paraders getting ready, but the lag cut down on it.
Then we saw the parade get under way.
As always, Marianne McCann was leading it.
With the lag, we had a little trouble seeing the paraders.
That's some big gryphon.
The parade would go down Main Street, passing by many buildings.
We soon got to the Fairgrounds.
Some of the vehicles in the parade were parked.
At the stage, people were dancing.
Including the conga line.
DJ GoSpeed Racer was spinning the music for the first hour. There were tunes such as "We're Having A Party" and Kool & The Gang's "Celebration." Marianne would say, "Everyone, give it up for GoSpeed of KONA Stream, who has been providing amazing playlists to Bay City events for, gosh, at least a decade!"
Marianne was out of her parade uniform and on the dance floor, "Welcome to Bay City’s 15th anniversary!"
"It was 15 years ago that Linden Lab first announced Bay City on their Second Life blog, unveiling their then-latest city project. It was touted as themed to “the American urban experience, between 1940 and 1965,” and features a distinct city feel as well as double the land impact for every parcel.
"It was May of 2008 in the Docklands region that the initial auctions started for Bay City.
"Today, Bay City features 24 Residential regions, as well as an additional 24 Linden-owned regions surrounding the city, providing both additional themed areas an more places to play and explore.
"We welcome every Resident of Bay City to celebrate with us on our 15th Anniversary, and to visit our fair city at any time!"
The gryphons were in the back.
"Let's see how long we can get this conga line!"
At the end of GoSpeed's set at 1:30PM, with "Man Or Astroman - Mystery Science Theater 3000 End Theme," Jessie Janick took to the stage and started singing.
Eventually came Lindens and Moles, staring with Kady Linden.
Charlee would get a bear from her.
Wendi Linden was also there, "Oooh looking dapper, Wendi."
Guess this panther was tickled pink with the celebration.
At one point, we had a low-flying jet.
That rose back up and sped away.
There were a number of jokes, such as keeping the donut shop up so the local policeman would stick around. Another commented that he had come back to Second Life after being away for years, "After years off world, returned to be rezzed in Miramare. Walked over the bridge and bam, Bay City!" Someone mused, "I came here after meeting Marianne. That kid has always been a bad influence."
Gemma Cleanslate would say, "I remember my first visit to Bay City the second day it was open." Sheree Honeyflower would say, "I found Bay City when I was grid hopping in search of the purrfect location for my first cafe to set up one of the first cafes which had interactive foods and drinks and Bay City Garden cafe/Cafe Sheree was born!"
It was quite a fun event at Second Life's largest urban area.
"Long life to Bay City & SL !" "Here's to another 15!"
Addition: Yours truly ended up a little busy, so this article was delayed. But better late than never.