Yesterday I was in my first parade. I experienced the thrill of driving along a spectator-lined road, looking out at the eager faces of the young and old, babies and dogs on leashes. It was the 2012 Milford Fair Parade. Being a part of it was quite a thrill.
Our entry into the parade was impromptu. After breakfast our neighbour dropped by to let us know that Warren’s 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass street rod was just the ticket. They would love to see it in the parade. He was so insistent that Warren and I decided to drive over to Milford and check out the situation.
The parade organizers were welcoming. There were several other antique cars all ready registered. Everyone was very friendly.
The event planners were quite well-organized. They had divided up the large school playground into sections for the different parade participants. Musical bands waited for the parade to start in section “A”. Horses hoofed about in the back of the field in section “M”. There were large floats from the Library and Archives of Prince Edward County and the musical cast of “Oliver” was represented over in section “P”. We parked with the other special interest cars in section “D” . The walkers in costumes, the fire trucks, antique tractors, and independent businesses were scattered in between.
Before the parade got underway we had several minutes to mix and mingle with the other parade participants. That was both bizarre and surreal.
I had a nice chat with a man on stilts
A A father and his two kids were cleverly dressed as Dr Seuss’ Cat in a Hat.
The day was sparkling. The crowds eager. Off we went.
Such fun! What a fine day. Many people waved as we drove past them and I waved back. Enthusiastically at first, that is when I learned why the Queen has her ridiculous little half wave……. she is trying to limit the gelatinous giggle of arm fat. Yes, initially, before I changed my wave to the royal style, my arms kept right on waving even after I stopped.
You learn something every day. 🙂