Long live the ‘small’ town parade!

I look forward to our local parade every September. We’ve been going since the kids started school. We have our parade morning routine set and our spot staked out.  It’s always sunny, still hot, but an almost Fall day in Georgia.

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The parade is underway!

Don’t we look ready?

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This year is a tad bittersweet for us.  It’s the last year we have a child in the parade.  Our oldest walked his last parade today with his high school robotics team. Through the years he has marched with the grade school unicycle club, his tae kwon do school and the robotics team. But an era ended today for us and it’s kinda sad.

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Look at that veteran parade walker!

It’s so much fun to see all the neighbors and friends out cheering on the parade.  I love everything about it, here is a picture walk through of the highlights:

The marching bands are simply the best! They have to be sweltering but they march and play the entire route.

Of course, I’m biased here but when all three of your kids have been part of the largest unicycle club in the country, ya have to list them at the top. Go Coach Jones!

Next up for me is the Twilight Twirlers!  This is on my bucket list – I still have a mean twirl and I want those white boots and to be all sassy and stuff at 70!

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McKenna has acquired some beads, the little hussy.  She’s loving all the attention from the kids but she’s not a fan of the marching bands, the firetrucks or the motorcycles.

No parade here would be complete without the Chick Fil A cow.  Little bummed that they were not giving out coupons this year -they’ve had some great coupons in year’s past but I guess everyone is cutting back a bit. And I think the cow has a girlfriend now…

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I love the horses and there was a big group in the parade this year.  These two were my favorite. I thought this Mom with the lil’ buckeroo on the back rocked it and this lady on the huge Clydesdale just had such control, I was impressed.

The kids collected more candy than they will probably get on Halloween!  These two cuties next to us got double the candy because for some reason Stephen and I looked like we needed candy too and were getting bombarded with it.  Several people promised they would have dog biscuits for McKenna next year – I’ll hold them to that.

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So many groups and clubs, something for everyone! Here are few of them – so much going on in our little town.

And I love all the vehicles, my favorite had to be the Sparkles Skate – you can’t see it but underneath the skate there was a disco ball! So awesome!

Wow! Those were just the highlights, there was so much more to see but McKenna is exhausted so we’ll head home for a nap.

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Before we go I just want to give a shout out to our local police. They did a great job of shutting down the parade route (not easy on this really busy main street) and although it was super obvious that the police presence was significantly more than in year’s past, we all felt extra safe and it ran very smoothly. Thank you!

Don’t forget to support your local parades! We may not have kids in them anymore but I wouldn’t miss it!

God bless!

 

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