One of the small public art installments created by Tiny Doors ATL. Door #11, located at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, includes a tiny wheelchair ramp to highlight the importance of accessibility. Photo courtesy of Tiny Doors ATL
It also may qualify as tiniest parade float going (literally). Key West, Fla., is actually home to the self-proclaimed "Smallest Parade in the Universe" (this year's third annual version takes place on Oct. 26). The floats in that parade are even smaller, at 18 inches long. But they travel on a "moving track' in front of a backdrop of Duval Street, according to the official entry rules.
Not so the Tiny Doors ATL float, which will traverse the actual parade route up Peachtree Street to Piedmont Park, pulled along by a Ford Bronco.
Atlanta pride parade preparations
A very -- what else? -- tiny replica 1970 Blue Ford Bronco. Its working trailer-hitch and axels were custom made with a 3D printer.
“People have made miniature floats before,” said Anderson, explaining that the Bronco and float will be operated by remote control. “But I don’t know if there has ever been (another) one drawn behind a tiny truck.”
Still, this is all about inclusion. Anderson, a queer woman who's long dreamed of marching in the parade with her own float, points out that by the very nature of their public placement, "Tiny Doors are always for everyone."
The sparkling silver door atop the float is open, to represent openness and acceptance.
As if to underscore that point, the parade float boasts a spinning tiny door on top (operated by a separate battery pack).
The sparkling silver door is open, Tiny Doors ATL explained in a press release:
“To represent openness and acceptance.”