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Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Small Town Summer Parade: An American Tradition

Last night, SubBasket and I went to the parade for the Meridian Dairy Days celebration. I've got some pictures in the extended entry -- it was a lot of fun. While Meridian, Idaho, isn't really a "small town" anymore (it had about 5,000 people in 1980, 35,000 in 2000, and over 60,000 today), the parade had a real neighborly feel to it. For a community that now exports commuters instead of milk, it's nice to see the town's heritage still being celebrated.

That being said -- on to the pictures!

As with all small town parades, this one began with an Honor Guard for the flags:

It was nice to see almost all of the people stand up as the Flag passed, with the men removing their hats. I don't remember seeing that as much in big towns.

Since this was a parade honoring the dairy industry, there were cows:

...and people dressed like cows:

...and cars and trucks dressed like cows:

As is required in all small town parades, there was a line of convertibles carrying pretty young women:

...and pretty slightly-older women wearing nice red hats:

The crowd cheered for everyone, even "The Walking Spine" put together by a local chiropractor:

They especially cheered for the military, both past:

...and present:

Of course, since all politics is local, we had politicians there. Here's my State Senator, Shirley Nancy McKague:

Although I'm sure she's a very nice woman, she also seems to be a somewhat rabid black helicopter conspiracy theorist, so I really hope someone runs against her next year. While there aren't any Democrats who actually hold office here in Meridian, some local Democrats did show up to a polite welcome:

Finally, as with all small town parades, there were lots of horses:

And because of the horses, bringing up the rear of the parade -- last but most certainly not least -- was this team of dedicated volunteers:

One of the of the most important measures of success of a small town parade is how much SWAG the average person is able to bring home; here's what we got:

Next year, we're bringing our cute little nephew, and I bet our candy haul will increase exponentially! All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a summer Friday evening, and I hope that if your town has a parade, you'll head out and enjoy it.

Bell-ringer 1805 17 June: Edited to correct the first name of my State Senator.


Blogger Chap said...

I wanna see your ten year plan, man.

Because "public office" might want to be somewhere on it...

6/17/2007 8:28 AM

Blogger Julie in Boise said...

Great pix, Bubblehead! You captured the sights - and almost the smells! - of the parade.

And since you are often my copy editor and/or fact checker, I'll nicely note that your state senator's first name is Shirley, not Nancy!

6/17/2007 5:21 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

D'oh! Good catch, Julie.

And Chap, the big problem with me running for office (other that I'm a snarky smartass) are that I'm too moderate to get nominiated for anything as a Republican here in Meridian, and Dems just plain don't win here.

6/17/2007 6:03 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Plus, I obviously don't do the Inglish speakin' much good. Please add an "s" to "problem", and insert a "than" as the second word of my parenthetical comment. Thank you.

6/17/2007 11:41 PM

Anonymous My Wacky Friends said...

It won't work in reality, that's exactly what I consider.

11/02/2011 1:20 PM


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