Detroit Provos Will Help the Poor


Fifth Estate # 40, October 15-31, 1967

The Detroit Provos are ready to march in their second annual Halloween Night parade.

Led by the strange and mysterious figure, Jacob Odaryan, the festive group will meet at the Mall on the Wayne University campus October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and walk to the New Centre area up Cass Avenue.

Led by musicians and dancers the parade will stop by several Detroit landmarks: the GM building headquarters of international imperialism; Hotel St. Regis, owned by notorious slumlord Al Goodman; WJBK – TV, sponsors of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. fictionalized accounts of the news and then passing to the Algiers Motel scene of the police executions and ending at Northern High School.

The marchers will chant, “Help the poor, stop the war.” Odaryan says the first statement flows logically and poetically from the other.

Marchers are invited to wear costumes and bring flashlights, but neither are necessary to participate.

Odaryan said, “The purpose of the parade is to relate ideas and customs of Halloween to the contemporary scene. We have purposely chosen places to march to that will inspire some theatrics.”