Costumed women at the Burning Man festival

Costumed women at the Burning Man festival
mdanys / CC BY

These two provocatively costumed women standing against the desolate flat desert plain of the Burningman festival lends an appropriate gravity and scale to the proceedings. Makes you realise how vast the event must be, spread out on that empty piece of land. They’re both wearing black gloves, black panties, hats, various belts. One wears a red bra, fur boots, striped stockings with red ribbons tied around her legs. The other wears a black bra, red and black striped stockings, and very futuristic military-style boots. They are quite the striking sight, making Burning Man and its costumed women seem even more like something straight out of a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie like Mad Max or Waterworld.

Red-uniformed parade band

Red-uniformed parade band
zilverbat. / CC BY-NC

The traditional red uniforms of marching bands have taken on a significance beyond their original nationalistic, military one. What was once the property of shows of force and pomp have found a wider use over the years, from being co-opted by the Beatles to a much broader and all-pervasive existence in the world today at a staple at weddings, and sometimes funerals in various parts of the worlds. From violence to celebration and mourning, and often comedy, the red uniform of a marching band has history and culture woven into it, an ever-changing significance in a splash of red, a felt hat and many musical noises.

Seen here are the silent performers of Stille Fanfare.