To understand renaissance fairs, one must also understand LARPing.

LARP stands for Live Action Role Play. Put in the most literal terms, its when anyone pretends to be something theyre not. Theyre acting. But unlike most actors, LARPers (as theyre known colloquially) are not on stage. Sometimes theyre not even in front of an audience.

Source:
http://blog.koldcast.tv/2011/offbeat/history-repeats-itself-renaissance-fairs-and-larp/

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