by Joan Kayse
Well, the holiday season starts in just a few short days when we Americans gather with family and friends to give thanks for our blessings, eat like a Porky Pig and...watch a parade!
Let’s face it, for some of us Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without watching the Macy’s parade. I LOVE seeing that original, simplistic Turkey float with the flapping wings lead it off down Broadway in NYC. Iconic in every way, it reminds me of my childhood, of simpler times.
Tom is followed by marching bands, playing show tunes and Christmas songs, all while marching in perfect synchronization. Floats filled with celebrities, balloons in every shape and size being skillfully guided between the skyscrapers. Clowns.
Um, we’ll forget the clowns. My apologies to any clowns out there but…..anybody see the movie It (shiver)Anyway, it all wraps up with Santa and his sleigh ho-ho-hoing and launching the holiday shopping season which effectively started the 4th of July.
My next favorite parade is The Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day. I am FASCINATED with descriptions of these huge floats which have to be a certain percentage of plant material. “Yes, Bob those legs on the giant beetle are covered with wheat chaff the size of a gnat and individually glued on by the Rotary club volunteers using tweezers and puffs of air.”
It’s always inspiring, too, to hear how a small high school from Nowhere, America raised the money needed to come and play in this prestigious event by selling tweezers to the Rotary club. Dedication. Can’t beat it.
Still forgetting the clowns. Really, do ya think Clarabelle was REALLY that happy? Really?
So. What about you? Do you like parades? Which is your favorite? If YOU were a float or a balloon, what type would you look like?