The Big Parade

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This year, our parade “stake-out” blankets survived a small thunderstorm AND a gigantic windstorm. We thought we’d find our stuff somewhere in Fargo, North Dakota–but no. It all miraculously stayed put. Good blankets.

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Miss Chompy and I hung out, eating Twizzlers while everyone else roamed around in the booths. Twizzlers won…for a while…

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then we joined the crowd and strolled around the concession booths…

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 where apparently, somebody was blowing bubbles.

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The girlie even got to bring home a little brown frog. I know. Random. But she loved it.

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I was tempted to go buy dinner at the big covered wagon, but then I had to wonder if they were serving chuck wagon type food. I ended up being too chicken to even go see because I’m pretty sure pioneer food was nasty. And hey, I’m just not that brave.

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Magoo had had it before we could even decide what food to get. Don’t you wish you were a baby sometimes? Looks good to me.

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Then everyone gathered for the parade…our favorite, silly little thing.

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It always starts off with the police doing motorcycle tricks.

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Incredibly loud tricks.  057

Then the military comes with the American flag. Luckily, people still stand and put their hand over their heart. I was so glad.

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These beauty queens were totally waiving at the Bald Kid like they knew him. He was baffled.

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Pretty cute Rapunzel float…

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and some creepy tiger guys with no faces.

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Then came this fuchsia  poodle. I couldn’t tell how I felt about it because I’ve been looking for non-toxic nail polish and natural mascara and here comes this poor neon colored doggy. I kinda felt sorry for her.

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Magoo dancing to the band’s music. This kid’s got music in him deep down that’s coming out someday–mark my word.

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Cute little fireman clown that miraculously didn’t scared the kids. He was a gentle, quiet sort of clown guy.

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Of much more concern was this odd little dude. I couldn’t tell what his deal was but he just stopped right in front of us and started dancing in his…flag skirt…thingy.

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And this guy made us laugh because he was just sitting on the flatbed of a pick-up truck playing his drums. Just like that. I wondered what his parade entry said…”guy sitting on a trailer playing drums.” Okey dokey.

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Check out this fish man. He was cool pulling levers and strings to make the fish’s mouth and fins move.

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Hey, I know those guys!

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The kids favorite doggy characters throwing out candy.

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Mmmmm…the Menchie’s guy makes me hungry.

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And catch these guys laying in the road letting the bike riders jump over them. Take one guess at one thing I would never let somebody do. Crazy!

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The last bunch were my very favorite bagpipe guys! I’m in love with everyone of them. Where is that Scottish farmer I’ve been looking for anyway?

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We love the parade!!

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2 Replies to “The Big Parade”

  1. I love this parade because it’s simple and silly ANNND because it’s in the evening! I don’t think it would be anywhere near as fun to be waking up early and sitting through the heat of the day to see it. I don’t know though, we’re an easy to please bunch. 😉

  2. Love it Aunt Launi! I love the parade too!! That guy drumming was advertising his drumming lessons. ( I only know because I got a flier. ;)) And as for that pink puppy, I wanted to steal her and keep her! Haha! If it’s pink I’ve most likely want it! ;D Fun to see Dane at his booth too!!

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