We are often asked about our Superhero Troupe - who they are, where they come from, how do we get them to come out, etc.
We are proud and thankful for this group of volunteers and grateful for their willingness to dress up in costume in extreme heat and take picture after picture with guests of Superhero Fun Day. These costumes sometimes involve a unitard, (which not many people can wear even if they are willing to), or costumes with smothering latex or padding, suffocating masks, and just a variety of uncomfortable features or accessories or make-up. Of the 30-35 Superheroes, only three or four are actual cosplayers - someone whose hobby it is to dress up in a costume like a character in a book or movies. Those three are not local, but love the event and have a heart for the cause, so they are willing to drive the distance to participate each year. So, the majority of these guys and gals have no interest in the Superhero they are portraying, some do not even know anything about Superhero characters at all. They are just local people with a heart for the cause, willing to give of their time to make this event great by putting on that unitard and mask or by being uncomfortable in the heat. Some of our heroes have been with us since the first Superhero Fun Day in the park, and many of the others stay on after their first event because they enjoyed their experience so much.
How do we get our Supers? They don't just show up, that's for sure! We have a Superhero Coordinator (We will call her Professor X) that worries over it most of the year. She is always on the lookout for that special Superhero doppelganger that might enjoy the event. She and her minions carefully detail the costumes, organize each Super's individual participation, communicates with the group, and pulls it all together. Our Superheroes are vetted and wear an EBP ID for Superhero Fun Day, so that guests know who represents EBP. People in costume are not allowed to walk-up and join in as representing EBP as a Superhero. They must be vetted beforehand and sign our Code of Conduct agreement.
Furthermore, we only have one of each in our troupe. Doesn’t make sense to have more than one Batman! Each year we do have holes to fill and are open to hearing about Supers that we might not have that someone might wish to portray or for which they have a cosplay-level costume. If you know of someone who is interested in portraying a Superhero for Superhero Day, please let us know. We do traditionally have a need for a Marvel SHIELD agent to walk with the parade and assist the Supers. (We take a few villains if their costumes are kid-friendly and if they are matched to one of our Supers.)
As mentioned, almost all of our Superheroes are just volunteers and do not ordinarily dress up in costume. Many of the costumes we own, not the volunteer in the costume. We do not "hire out" these volunteers.
Don’t miss The Supers at Superhero Day!