The CowParade has come to Boston, and I didn't know anything about it until I almost literally ran into a big fiberglass cow painted with a map of the Boston MBTA system. I love the cows and had this big grin on my face every time I walked down a block closer to my destination and found another one, decorated a different way. There are 117 cows scattered around Boston on display through early September, and then they'll be auctioned off to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
I saw my first cows when I was in Gruyere with my mom in 2001. On a quiet hillside overlooking a lake, behind a building of some kind (I'm fuzzy on this part), there was a whole herd of them! The whole Cows on Parade thing started in Switzerland in 1998 and has caught on like wild fire – there's something very happy-making about these cows (big lifesize cows, mind you, not little dinky ones) painted wild and crazy patterns and with themes such as Elvis or "Cash Cow" or "Moooochas Gracias."
I definitely need to take camera in hand and go hunting for cows this weekend. I'll post some pics when I have them. I have a map! Coming to Boston this summer? Be sure to see the cows and have your picture taken with them – maybe we'll see each other. I'll be the one with the big goofy grin on my face and my arm around a gaudy happy cow.