13 curiosities I saw at the 2015 Watch City Steampunk Festival

Kendra Mack

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Ah finally! After last year’s postponement, the Watch City Steampunk Festival was back in Waltham, MA this past weekend. And I had a fantastic time! Maybe due to the beautiful weather or the growth of steampunk culture in general, there seemed to be double (maybe triple!) attendees this year than in 2013. I think I snagged the last parking spot in all of Waltham by the time I got there, not expecting such an overwhelming turnout. Phew!

While 2013 had more big-name special guests (like Mike and Ethan from my favorite show Oddities), I felt that this year had more performances, energy, and an overall more “established” feel. I saw so many amazing costumes (even ones not remotely steampunk…) and just general bizarre, head-scratching awesomeness.

Here are 13 memorable sights from my Saturday steampunk adventure:

1. An electric pickle.

2. An antique fairground organ playing Coldplay’s “Clocks.” Appropriate for Watch…

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