We attended the annual Labor Day parade in our hometown on Monday. Apparently we’ve got the only Labor Day parade in the state, and so we were lucky enough to be visited by just about every politician and politician-hopeful on the State’s ballot. Stickers covered the kids’ shirts, front and back. We were loaded with flyers, fans, and lots of candy. Monday is the one day a year that I allow kids to pick candy up off the street and pop it in their mouth.
CandyMan can be a funny guy sometimes. He is particularly UNfond of parades and likes to complain about his boredom throughout. I believe that this was the second parade that we have attended together (Possibly more. I’m not counting a Disney parade or two in there somewhere). This year, we were compelled to go because Necco, daughter #2, was walking in the parade with her school.
Luckily, CandyMan found something to keep him plenty busy and entertained throughout the 2 hours. He made it his mission to get a picture with the Big Guys in Maryland politics. And unlike most other political events that I’ve seen (particularly in Washington DC) the men and women in office were very approachable (in fact, CandyMan simply walked up to each person, right in the middle of the parade, asked for a picture and mentioned that his wife was going to blog about this…Cracked me up!). He would have had more if some were not riding in cars or off at baseball games in another part of the state.
I do believe that the Parade-Hater found something he enjoyed in the parade.
Politicians weren’t the only ones walking. We saw lots of friends playing in high school marching bands, clowns, beauty pageant princesses, Uncle Sam on stilts, etc….and my favorite–the Latin Dancers (click for pictures from 2008, plus a tasty recipe!).
I love living in a place that’s so diverse, I consider myself a minority in my own hometown. I love raising my kids here.
Do you attend a Labor Day parade? What’s your favorite thing to see in a parade?
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