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London Celebrates The Monty Python Reunion By Putting A 50-Foot Dead Parrot In Potters Field Park

Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue. Lovely plumage.

The Monty Python reunion in London began on July 1, and after a 10-day break, picks up again tonight at the O2 Arena for the final five nights that will see Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin on the same stage together, doing silly things one more time. Of course, it's not all silliness--the first five-night run of the performance raised more than £20,000 for five different charities chosen by the Python members, by giving those charities the opportunity to auction off the right to perform in a sketch alongside the cast.

To celebrate the achievements of the Monty Python crew, UKTV channel Gold--which will air the final performance of the reunion on Sunday--contracted with sculptor Iain Prendergast to create a 50-foot fiberglass version of the famous “Norwegian Blue” parrot. The parrot, which is famous for being dead from the moment it was sold, was placed on Monday at Potters Fields Park in South London, near Tower Bridge. This is both a fine reminder to tune in on Sunday to the broadcast and an outstanding opportunity to inspire countless visitors to declare in increasingly frantic tones that “This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot! It’s a stiff!" Because if there’s anything that you need to commission a 50-foot fiberglass sculpture to get people who know every word to famous Monty Python sketches to do, it’s to recite the funnier bits of those sketches to anyone within earshot.

[Image: Flickr user Taylor Herring]

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  • raggedrose

    How long will it be there??? And hey, these guys are performing for charity, and this parrot is advertising. It probably will bring in a lot more money for charity than the cost of placing it there. Plus it has spread a little joy and zaniness in the world. To me, that's a good investment.

  • Roger Traviss

    Monty Python were the Beatles of comedy. Comedy, like music after the Beatles, was never the same after Monty Python.

  • Randy Tarrier

    It's good to know that no public funds will be spent for the care & feeding of that parrot. Can you imagine how much a 50-foot parrot could eat? Even the Norwegian Blues, which are known for their finicky appetites!

  • Carol Chall

    Does anyone know how long this will be on display? Coming to London next month & as a fellow Python fan, would love to take a picture.

  • Erika Favorido

    I went to London for the 19th July show and went to look for the bird to the Tower but it was already an ex-ex parrot. Was disappointed till I found it in the O2. I think it is only there till the shows run (today is the last one :( ).

  • Emil Korngold

    What does a 50-foot dead parrot cost, and shouldn't that money've been given to a good cause?

  • Katherine Denison

    It WAS given to a good cause. Laughter. The joy this is bringing around the world empowers us to face other challenges with a full heart and renewed hope.