Thursday, September 16, 1999

Council grants OK to get loud, weird

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Never let anyone tell you Cincinnati City Council doesn't know how to party. By unanimous vote, council suspended the city's noise ordinance so Weird Al Yankovich and Rick Hubbard, “the King of Kazoos,” can lead the “world's largest chicken dance and kazoo band” at 6 p.m. Saturday as part of Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati.

        “It shows that everyone in the city is behind the world's largest chicken dance and kazoo band,” said Raymond “Buz” Buse, publicity guru for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Yankovich is the grand marshal of this weekend's Oktoberfest, and Mr. Hubbard plans to give away 30,000 kazoos to help celebrate.

        The emergency ordinance has all the typical whereases and be-it-ordaineds.

        “Whereas Weird Al Yan kovich is bent on leading hundreds of thousands of Cincinnatians in the World's Largest Chicken Dance and Kazoo Band on Fountain Square on Saturday Sept 18th; and...

        “Whereas this council does not wish to see Weird Al Yankovich, or any other citizen incarcerated, for taking part in the world's largest chicken dance and Kazoo Band;...”

        You get the idea.

        Council members, uncharacteristically, offered no comment before the vote to let the kazooing commence.


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