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Monday, September 6, 2004

  Monday Morning Mirth 

as seen with my own eyes in Tustin, MI Saturday, September 4, 2004

Small Town, Big Fun…

Tips for watching that Holiday Parade

10. Get there early enough to stake out your prime vantage point with lawn chairs. Two hours before lift-off is good; leave the chairs there with the multitude of others (dude, this is a small town, no one will STEAL THEM) and come back later.

9. Be sure to remember your ear plugs; many small town *floats* are EMT vehicles from three or 4 counties enriching the parade atmosphere with BLARING SIRENS!!! Most likely, they will be stalled right in front of your sea of chairs when the vintage car carrying the Mayor stalls 10 chairs up.

8. If you have a pet, be sure to bring it to the parade; better yet, dress it up and march with it or carry it on your lap while you drive your vintage car IN the parade.

7. The American Flag is good for all seasons for all reasons!!! Whether float, vintage car, personal/pet apparel, you cannot go wrong. More is, well, MORE!

6. Be sure to sit far enough away from the curb to avoid being hit by the projectile candy and beads being tossed from any and all *floats*!

5. Be sure to sit close enough to the curb to snarf up all the candy and props that will happily come flying your way from the floats! If the parade stalls (trust me), the kids on the float nearest to you will just unload their goody bags your way! Knowledge is POWER!

4. Be sure to look out for fellow Sweets Divers, who might accidentally head butt you into seeing stars if you are not careful (source: my nephew who is still rubbing his head after actively bopping mine, or vice versa, depending on who you ask…)

3. After you remember you are over 12 and it’s just not attractive to go face first into the grass over some Tootsie Rolls and you sit back down, it will be even more tempting to unwrap and sympathy gorge yourself on that Peppermint Patty that just poked you in the eye before it fell into your lap. Remember it is 88 degrees outside and it might be MELTED.

2. Ignore the above advice and go for it, even though you end up with a dork, dark chocolate moustache from licking the foil around that candy! YUM!

1. ENJOY your holiday because YOU WORK HARD FOR THE MONEY HONEY!!!


Float #1

Float #2

Float #3

3 responses to “Monday, September 6, 2004”

  1. Kay Christian says:

    In Central Texas there’s a little town that has “lighted hooves and wheels” the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It’s after dark, and all dogs, llamas, firetrucks and ‘floats’ are light to the hilt. They have one set of ‘floats’, it’s a constoga wagon pulled by a Great Dane, then in sucession another smaller pulled by a cocker spaniel, one by a rat terrior, and in the end a very small wagon pulled by a chihuahua. All lite with christmas lights

  2. Melissa G says:

    Gotta love a small town parade! Our shriners rode mini motorcyles and did cool patterns whenever the parade stalled. And there was an enterprising lawyer close by whose office handed out popsicles. The VFW float brought tears to my eyes. We also had livestock followed by their own special patrol (cheered heartily by many).

  3. Bonne Marie says:

    I love the Dog & Wagon Show! A chihuahua pulling a cart!!!

    And just to show you that I am indeed, a city girl, my friend just let me know those vehicles the Mighty Shriner Men are driving are ATV’s (all terrain vehicles?) NOT go-carts…


    But I had a great time up North in the Mitt and so did the Shriners wearing their big earrings!

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