Photo credit: Raymond Hillegas
YA and I are parade people. We’ve always liked parades. Blueberry Festival in Maine was a great parade and during the Cheesehead Parade in Little Chute, Wisconsin during the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival, YA came away with more candy and loot than any parade before or since. We go to the State Fair parade every day we are on the fairgrounds. For me this means four or five times in 10 days.
When YA was younger, she was actually part of the Richfield Fourth of July Parade with her gymnastics team. I was part of this parade as well, as one of the accompanying adults. The only other parade I’ve taken part in was the year the Thespian Society had a float at our high school homecoming parade. (We had a stuffed horse (the opposing team’s mascot) in a football uniform with a cast on its leg. Break a leg? We thought it was clever but we didn’t win any prizes.)
Normally YA and I do two parades on the Fourth of July – the local Tangletown parade which is kids on their bikes and people walking their dogs, all following a big fire truck. Low key but charming. Then we head off to Richfield parade – a more typical Independence Day parade with floats, military displays, politicians and candy. Makes for a nice holiday for us.
So it was a little sad when we found out last week that Richfield isn’t having their parade this year; I was looking for the parade route (which isn’t always the same) online and found out that due to inflation, they can’t afford to do the parade this year. A bunch of other Fourth of July activities has likewise been cancelled. YA and I talked about it and decided that maybe we’d go to Edina; we’ve been to that one a few times in the past.
YA came home from an errand on Saturday to say that people were already claiming their spots for the parade; the parade route is actually pretty short. It seemed remarkable to me that folks would be putting chairs and towels out on the boulevard; what an invitation to vandalism. But then I drove by yesterday morning and it did my heart good to see that everybody’s stadium chairs and tarps and blankets all seemed too be in place. And there were A LOT of them in place. We talked about whether we should join the fray but since that parade conflicts with our local parade, we opted not to.
Of course if it is raining when you read this, no parades for us. Although we do like parades, not enough to sit in the rain for them.
Have you ever been in a parade? Do you have a favorite parade?