Friday, October 13, 2017

The Mystical Charm of Felines: This Happened at the Cat Video Festival

After the love I witnessed at the Cat Video Festival, it's hard to believe there was a time in European history where cats were condemned and believed to be evil and often connected to witchcraft. 

During the Middle Ages many cats were exterminated to ward off evil. It’s long been argued that the death of so many cats had allowed the mice and rat populations to thrive. The fleas and disease these rodents carried are what created the conditions for the Bubonic Plague of the 14th Century.


Photo Credit: Pixabay.com - Pezibear


On the other hand, the cat's mystical charm was highly regarded in Ancient Egypt as explained from the Ancient History Encyclopedia. It is said that when a cat died, all the inhabitants of a house shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning. 

Would you shave your eyebrows for the love of your cat?

At the Cat Video Festival 2017 I attended, I saw some serious cat devotees that would possibly do it in a whisker minute. 




I'll be honest, I don't dislike cats, but I would never include my name in the same sentence with being a cat lover. Kittens are cute and adorable, but one tussle I had as a kid with a Siamese cat while crossing his turf, found me on the other end of a cat scratch hissy fit. 

That experience may have swayed my love for cats, but I do realize cats are not evil and their purr-fect charm is adored by millions. This was written in the sand or cat litter, so to speak, when I attended the Cat Video Festival this summer with a few cat loving friends. 

At least 10,000 cat lovers showed up at CHS Field in St Paul, MN where the cat is celebrated, honored and adored! I had no idea the love for this furry whiskered companion could bring out the weird, wonderful and wackiness in people. 






Thousands came out wearing their favorite cat t-shirts, cat ears, tails and painted cat faces. I felt like a dog in a cat's world crouching suspiciously like a mouse in the corner. 






The event was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was sort of a mix between a rock concert, drive-in movie and the Fourth of July. There was music, food, beer and cat themed festivities wrapped around a baseball field that felt like a giant feline picnic at an outdoor concert. Musical entertainment by Minnesota resident, Kat Perkins, a contestant from Season 6 of The Voice was performing in full cat garb. Well, of course she was.

When the skies fell to dusk, men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds took their places in the stadium seats and on the sea of blankets dotting the grassy field for one big ‘ole viewing party. This was the moment all the cat fans had been waiting for - a presentation on the jumbo screen to watch a menagerie of crazy YouTube cat videos and clips from America's Funniest Videos. 



The drive-in like atmosphere showed a steady stream of:

*Silly chaos with cats and toys
*Loveable moments with cats and kids 
*Hilarious cats doing tricks and stunts
*And, not to leave dog lovers sitting by their dog dish, they also showed wonderful videos of frisky fun between cats and dogs. 




I'll have to admit, the laughter and charmed faces expressed simultaneously throughout the stadium was incredible. The entertaining videos seemed to put spectators in a mystical cat trance. 




I think, myself included. 

One look around at all the happy faces, made it feel like all was right with the world in a catnip euphoria kind of way.

The event concluded with a fireworks show that woke us from our catatonic state and the spell had been cast to bring its audience to a purring finale. 

There was absolutely no cat evil to be seen; only cat fanatics in leopard leotards, girls with curls donned in pointy cat ears, painted whisker faces and just about every type of cat t-shirt known on the planet. 





Only one thing I didn't see....shaved eyebrows! 

There's always next year. 


How about you? Have you been there done that...got the CAT T-shirt?



St. Paul Saints View of the Cat Video Festival 2017






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8 comments:

  1. WOW... I did not know such a thing existed. I am definitely in the cat lover category. Give me 2 minutes of knowing me and I will show you pics of my cats and grandkids, in that order! LOL Thanks for enlightening us about cat video festivals.

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    1. Michele, sounds like you would have taken to this event like a cat to a mouse. It was unusually fun and interesting.

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  2. What a fantastic idea - I love that it is fun, cat focussed and family friendly - you can't ask for more than that can you?

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    1. Leanne, it was very much family fun entertainment and I was amazed at the amount of people that came out for it. Definitely, a highlight of my summer.

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    2. My girlfriend ,Mary, is probably one of the organizers for this event. She has no less than three cats or more and usually they come from the shelter ; like no tail, one eye, one leg missing chewed or missing ears, etc. Her cats rule. She has been going to this event for sometime along with a few others I know who are also cat lovers. Each to his own. Personally, I have never been there and probably will never go.

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    3. Sounds like this is right up Mary's alley. I admit, I didn't even know this was a thing and a pretty big thing, I found out. Unusual experience to say the least.

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  3. There's just something about cats

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