“Mifflin” is both the name of a street in Madison, Wisconsin, and of one of the biggest block parties in the nation. The event, which even has its own Wikipedia page, typically draws thousands of college kids (…and parents and grads) annually on the first Saturday in May.
The whole thing started as a dance-filled protest against the Vietnam War in 1969, where Madison, and specifically the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was a hotbed of political activity. Today, it’s more like a daytime party centered on drinking alcohol, hanging out on porches and balconies and running around in the streets. Student bands and slightly more well-known artists put on concerts in the streets and in backyards, and the party typically rages from 9 a.m. until 6 or 7 p.m., when the crowds empty for dinner and a nap before venturing to the bars that evening.
Thinking of going to Mifflin? Pack light: you’ll need a state-issued ID (to make talking to police a lot easier), some cash for food and beer, your cell phone (you will get lost) and some sturdy shoes (your feet will be stomped on). And even though all the sorority girls wear matching tank tops and more than a few guys will take off their shirts, it’s best to stick to a basic t-shirt.
Sorry for the low-res cell phone pictures, but I think you can understand why bringing a camera with heavy zoom to Mifflin is the worst idea of the century.
–Tara for TKGO
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