Nightmares and wonders Calgary Expo's parade transforms Eight Avenue

t’s not easy to grab attention at the Parade of Wonders, the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo’s annual event that had thousands elaborately dressed fans parading down 8th Avenue on Friday morning.

But the Kownatkas, veterans of cosplay and the Parade of Wonders, were managing to do just that in their uber-creepy creations. Unlike most of the participants’ outfits, their wispy, black robes, crab-like walk, strange shape and white faces were not based on any specific character, although they looked like they may have been at least partially inspired by characters from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

“I like the idea of giving little children nightmares,” says 13-year-old Seth Kownatka.

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