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* The climactic battle of ''Film/PokemonDetectivePikachu'' takes place at a parade celebrating the anniversary of the founding of Ryme City. [[spoiler: Also an InvokedTrope, as the parade has been organised by the BigBad Howard Clifford to gather as many people (and their Pokemon) in one place at the same time.]]

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* In the ''Ride/{{JAWS}}'' ride at Ride/UniversalStudios, the shark returns to wreak havoc during Amity's Fourth of July festival.
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* Several villages were attacked during the Spanish Civil War on market day for maximum carnage and damage to morale, most famously Gernika.
* The Chernobyl disaster happened five days before May 1st, probably the most important holiday in the Soviet Union. Local Party leaders were instructed to carry on as normal and lead the parades themselves to give an appearance of normality, although by the time the feast came along the cat was already out of the bag.


* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has [[spoiler:Eren Yeager]] interrupting a festival in Liberio where many important politicians, aristocrats, royals, nobility and a hefty helping of [[spoiler:well-established characters, such as Reiner Braun and his ChildSoldier subordinates]] are gathered. Of course, [[spoiler:Willy Tybur, the secret ruler of Marley, and Magath, commander of the military, knew that their enemies were probably nearby and used the festival to lure out Eren by having Willy give [[MrExposition a speech]] that included Marley's declaration of war on Paradis Island. Eren ''appears'' to fall for the trap, as he kills Willy in front of everyone, but it's possible he knew exactly what was going on too]].

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has [[spoiler:Eren Yeager]] interrupting a festival in Liberio where many important politicians, aristocrats, royals, nobility and a hefty helping of [[spoiler:well-established characters, such as Reiner Braun and his ChildSoldier {{Child Soldier|s}} subordinates]] are gathered. Of course, [[spoiler:Willy Tybur, the secret ruler of Marley, and Magath, commander of the military, knew that their enemies were probably nearby and used the festival to lure out Eren by having Willy give [[MrExposition a speech]] that included Marley's declaration of war on Paradis Island. Eren ''appears'' to fall for the trap, as he kills Willy in front of everyone, but it's possible he knew exactly what was going on too]].

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In many a fantasy rpg, this trope often overlaps with DoomedHometown, with the doom in question (usually an invading horde of mooks working for the BigBad) falling upon the town during a local festival.


* In the two-part pilot of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight is sent to to [[{{Descriptiveville}} Ponyville]] to make sure the Summer Sun Celebration goes well... only to have it coincide with [[SealedEvilInACan Nightmare Moon's return]] and subsequent attempt to bring about TheNightThatNeverEnds.
** [[spoiler: In the Season 2 two-part finale, changelings invade Canterlot, ''right'' when they're celebrating a royal wedding, no less!]]
** In the Season 4 two-part premiere, Ponyville comes under attack on the eve of the Celebration again, this time by [[ManEatingPlant killer vines]] planted by Discord before the princesses first sealed him in stone.
** Happens ''once again'' in TheMovie, this time on a friendship-themed festival in Canterlot. Can't an ungulate throw a party without it being invaded???

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* Happens a lot in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It's like an ungulate can't throw a party without being invaded.
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In the two-part pilot of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', premiere "Friendship is Magic", Twilight Sparkle is sent to to [[{{Descriptiveville}} Ponyville]] to make sure the Summer Sun Celebration goes well... only to have it coincide with [[SealedEvilInACan Nightmare Moon's return]] and subsequent attempt to bring about TheNightThatNeverEnds.
** [[spoiler: In the Season 2 two-part finale, finale "A Canterlot Wedding", Canterlot is invaded by [[EmotionEater emotion-eating]] shapeshifters called changelings invade Canterlot, ''right'' when they're celebrating a royal wedding, no less!]]
after [[spoiler: it turns out the bride, Princess Cadance, has been kidnapped and replaced by their queen, Chrysalis.]]
** In the Season 4 two-part premiere, premiere "Princess Twilight Sparkle", Ponyville comes under attack on the eve of the Summer Sun Celebration again, this time by [[ManEatingPlant killer vines]] planted by Discord before the princesses first sealed him in stone.
** Happens ''once again'' in TheMovie, this time on when a friendship-themed festival in Canterlot. Can't an ungulate throw a party without it being invaded???Canterlot is crashed by the forces of the Storm King, who is looking to steal alicorn magic to empower his magic staff so he can TakeOverTheWorld.

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* The main arc mystery of ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu'' is started by a Charizard going berserk at a carnival. The final chapter has a race against the clock to prevent a repeat of that incident.


* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989). The Gotham 200th Anniversary Festival is in trouble because people are scared of high crime in the city, and the conflict between the Joker and the gangsters and the Joker's poisoning of the population make it worse. Despite all this, the mayor insists that the Festival must occur so businesses will come back to the city.

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* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989).''Film/Batman1989''. The Gotham 200th Anniversary Festival is in trouble because people are scared of high crime in the city, and the conflict between the Joker and the gangsters and the Joker's poisoning of the population make it worse. Despite all this, the mayor insists that the Festival must occur so businesses will come back to the city.


* In ''Anime/ElfenLied'', one of [[spoiler:child-Lucy]]'s rampages, and the culminating endpoint of her StartOfDarkness, occurs during a local town festival.

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* In ''Anime/ElfenLied'', ''Manga/ElfenLied'', one of [[spoiler:child-Lucy]]'s rampages, and the culminating endpoint of her StartOfDarkness, occurs during a local town festival.


* The Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15, 2013. Caused serious severe injuries and death. Martin Richard was one of the victims that was killed during the attack.


** [[spoiler: In the Season 2 two-part finale, changelings invade Canterlot, ''right'' when they're celebrating a royal wedding, no less!]]



** Happens ''once again'' in TheMovie, this time on a friendship-themed festival in Canterlot.

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** Happens ''once again'' in TheMovie, this time on a friendship-themed festival in Canterlot. Can't an ungulate throw a party without it being invaded???

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** Happens ''once again'' in TheMovie, this time on a friendship-themed festival in Canterlot.


Bonus points if the festival in question features some theme, object or commodity (besides potential victims) which would naturally attract the Killer Whatever. Double bonus points if the festival is a masked show, and the attackers are taken as masks by the members of the public (until they are being eaten, that is) and become a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles for the heroes.

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Bonus points if the festival in question features some theme, object or commodity (besides potential victims) which would naturally attract the Killer Whatever. Double bonus points if the festival is a masked show, event, and the attackers are taken as masks by the members of the public (until they are being eaten, that is) and become a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles for the heroes.


Bonus points if the festival in question features some theme, object or commodity (besides potential victims) which would naturally attract the Killer Whatever.

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Bonus points if the festival in question features some theme, object or commodity (besides potential victims) which would naturally attract the Killer Whatever.
Whatever. Double bonus points if the festival is a masked show, and the attackers are taken as masks by the members of the public (until they are being eaten, that is) and become a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles for the heroes.

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* ''Film/CurseOfTheCrimsonAltar'' has all the events of the film take place around Witch's Festival: a local village festival that commemorates [[BurnTheWitch the burning of local witch]] Lavinia Grey.

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