Jan 04, 2024

Prague to Celebrate International Day of Silly Walks This Sunday

On Sunday, January 7 at 2 p.m. the annual Day of Silly Walks returns to Prague after 10 years.

Taking place on International Day of Silly Walks, this short procession through Prague will gather fans of Monty Python at Náměstí Republiky in front of the Palladium entrance to pay tribute to the British comedy troupe’s Ministry of Silly Walks sketch.

This flash mob, inspired by the iconic sketch from the British TV series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” promises a day filled with laughter and unconventional gaits.

Participants will embark on a whimsical journey down Na Příkopě Street to the lower part of Wenceslas Square, showcasing an array of silly walks inspired by the aforementioned TV sketch.

Wearing a suit with a bowler hat and a briefcase is encouraged, but not required. Participants are free to find a silly walk that works for them!

It’s worth noting that the last time Prague witnessed this flash mob was a decade ago, making this year’s celebration a special occasion to be part of.

The annual Silly Walk is inspired by a 1970 Monty Python sketch featuring John Cleese with a bowler hat, briefcase and goofy gait.

In the episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a British television comedy that ran from 1969 to 1974, Cleese kicks up his legs, shuffles his feet and combines polka steps with twists while heading over to his office at the Ministry of Silly Walks.

There he encounters a grant applicant whose walk he dismisses as “not particularly silly”, then orders coffee from a silly-walking secretary who spills it all over the tray.

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