I hate parades.
Okay, there I said it.
Most people think I am crazy - "How can you not like a parade?" they'll say...
I don't have a real good answer to that... It's not something I can easily answer. I just don't "get it."
Okay, okay, so I'm a party poo-per when it comes to a parade.
Maybe even a whiner...
BUT, I finally have to admit, in a public forum - I went to a parade and actually had FUN!
Last weekend, Conway, MO held their 29th Annual Old Fashioned Community Day's celebration. In the past, I've tried to avoid the Saturday morning parade for the reason listed above - I never thought I'd like a parade. This year, both my kids were invited to participate - I had little choice but to attend. My youngest walked in the "Bubble Brigade" and my oldest sat on the "Hee Haw" float. I walked along to take pictures.
First, let me say, this parade was less than an hour long! The theme was down home and over all, everyone seemed to stick to the plan. No long line of loud cars, only two or three sport cars, showcasing the Community Days King and Queen with their Court. And best of all, the day was sunny and a comfortable 75*
On this day, I experienced a group of kids, coming together with their class to have some good 'ole clean fun. I saw a goat on a leash and a golf cart "team." The Conway Fire Volunteer Fire Truck was on display - purchased with fund-raising dollars. And, the Conway Marching Band played in uniforms the kids raised money to buy.
I heard conversations by young and old - they wouldn't miss this parade for the world, they said. Families stood together to celebrate their family and their town. They were proud. I understood.
A great day of FUN, SUN and community togetherness like I had never experienced at a parade before.
I had to eat a little crow last weekend - I actually enjoyed my self at the parade and almost look forward to next year... ALMOST!