Thursday, March 7, 2013

Seattle Mayor Proclaims Today as ‘Oz the Great and Powerful Day’

Mayor McGinn in Seattle.
(February 27, 2013 - Credit:

Since the 1980’s, Seattle, Washington has often been referred to as the “Emerald City” so it should not be a surprise to hear that the city’s mayor, Michael McGinn, has proclaimed today, March 7, as “Oz the Great and Powerful Day.” This is of course a tie-in with Disney’s latest release of the same name appearing in theaters tomorrow, March 8.

Seattle received it unofficial title as the “Emerald City” due to its abundance of evergreen trees (and lots of moss) and of course is a nod toward the imaginary city featured in the “Oz” books by L. Frank Baum.

Ironically, Mayor McGinn also proclaimed February 28 as “Mayor Adam West Day” when the actor and Burt Ward arrived in town the Emerald City Comicon and a screening of 1966 film, “Batman.”

“Oz” is produced by Joe Roth, who just so happens to be a majority owner of the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team who were treated to a special preview of the film on February 27 at the Cinerama. In addition, the movie’s publicity promotion has included a “Journey to Oz Balloon Tour” which featured a hot aired balloon similar to the one seen with James Franco in the new movie. The balloon touched down in Hollywood, Daytona International Speedway in Florida, Central Park in New York City and Disneyland in California. Sadly, Franco was not aboard for those trips.

Look for my review of “Oz the Great and Powerful” tomorrow. (Originally posted on

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