Welcome to the Indio Date Festival! "What the hell is that?", you ask. Indio is located in Riverside County, about 125 miles east of Los Angeles. It's not too far (26 miles) from Palm Springs, and because of its desert climate, palm trees (imported from Algeria) bearing dates became a major crop. Today around 35 million pounds of dates are produced annually! That's a lot of fiber.
Here's Corinne again, with a fez (the king of hats!). She's posing next to a camel (one hump means it's an Arabian dromedary). Don't let him spit at you, kid. My understanding is that the fanciful "Arabian" theme has been downplayed (if not completely eliminated) since 9/11.