Say you stroll down to Lafayette Square one sunny spring afternoon and hear music. Upon closer look, you see a poet dressed as a gorilla, ladies dressed in vintage clothing with peacock feathers in their hair, children carrying homemade signs and folks playing chicken bingo.
You're not going crazy - it's just the annual Flannery O'Connor Homemade Parade and Block Party.
The annual birthday celebration of the acclaimed author and Savannah native takes place from 1-4 p.m. March 30 at Lafayette Square and is sponsored by the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home.
According to event coordinator Christine Sajecki, the Flannery O'Connor-inspired event tends to create moments that seem straight out of one of the author's novels.
"I really loved the time Archbishop Boland came and he was just hanging out near the fellow in the gorilla suit," Sajecki said. "That moment was very Flannery O'Connor. The band played 'I'll Fly Away' and everyone joined and sang along."
And parade goers will once again have the chance to hang out with the fellow in the gorilla suit, and even get a family photo made with the ape.
"There is a part in O'Connor's 'Wise Blood' where a man goes up to meet a famous gorilla and finds out it's a person in costume," Sajecki explains. "So it comes from that and Nathan Jones is taking photographs of people with the poet dressed as a gorilla."
Sajecki said that from 1-3 p.m., people can bring their own picnic down to Lafayette Square, and aside from having their photo made with the gorilla, they can enjoy live music, games and contests, make their own parade sign and play chicken bingo with live chickens.
"In the square, we will have a few games like chicken bingo, where you buy a number and a live chicken walks on a grid and where they poop determines the winner," she said. "There will also be vintage clothing booths selling clothes if you want to dress in costumes relating to Flannery O'Connor."
Around 2:30 p.m., live musical performances will begin, and Andrew Hartzell has coordinated a pretty impressive lineup for the event.
Jon Waits and Coy Campbell, Jamison Murphy and Willie Weir will perform in the square before the parade.
The "marching band" for the parade is loosely called Sweet Thunder, and is comprised of musicians Anna Chandler, Phillip Reynolds Price, Zach Powers, Joel Varland, Andrew Hartzell, Louis Clausi and Andy Young.
But you don't have to leave the music to the professionals. Sajecki said everyone is welcome to bring their own instruments, shakers and tambourines and play along.
The parade will kick off at 3 p.m. with Sweet Thunder leading the way.
Not sure what to wear for the parade?
"If you have read Flannery O'Connor, you can see there is lots of inspiration there," Sajecki said. "There are farmers, preachers, barbers, grumpy grandmothers and naughty children. Most of the settings are rural Georgea in the '40s, '50s and '60s, so anything along those lines ... But people are welcome to come as they are and enjoy and spectate."
Sajecki also said Carmela Aliffi's students at St. Vincent's Academy will be painting faces in the square for free and local artist Katherine Sandoz has made more than 50 azalea crowns for people to wear.
The parade will end in Lafayette Square with free birthday cake. The finale should make for quite an interesting birthday party for the late author.