It’s a Parade!

All week, while I was taking Joy to art school in Wallingford, I’d seen signs for a Family Festival and Children’s Parade this Saturday. I thought it might be fun to check out.

So late Saturday morning we hopped on the bus and joined the other families and ‘Wallyhood’ locals on N 45th St to await the parade. I didn’t really know what to expect, or what the purpose of the parade was, but once it started, it became clear. It was the perfect opportunity for the local businesses and services to promote themselves, and also a chance for the children and adults to perform (or just look cute and wave.) Lots of family and friends were cheering and clapping from the side. I loved it.

But first, we had to wait for something to happen. Here’s the street pre-parade:

To keep busy, Joy whipped out her notebook (which we now never leave the house without) and started drawing. Evan also thought this would be a good idea.

Joy doing some precision work

Evan’s was a man with a mustache!

After a short while, things were looking up. A brass band! It was awesome. They looked and sounded amazing! They were from the local high school.

Here are some of the other paraders. So many groups went by, but I just included a few here.

A children’s theatre school

And one of many amazing drum/dance troops

Not sure what these ladies were doing, but they looked lovely. And they were strolling so serenely.

This is was a children’s daycare group. They just scooted and biked along, with the occasional wave. The chillest parade ever!

This was the ‘Magic Bus’. We didn’t catch exactly what that was, but we felt for the Dads, pulling the kid-laden bus from the front. (Actually, it’s impossible to see from this photo, but there’s a boy in the bus with an Australian flag. Joy was the first to notice it. 🙂 )

Random horsehead dude. Again, looking totally chilled as he walks down the street. (It’s possible he wasn’t even in the parade, maybe that’s just how he does his Saturday mornings!)

This one I took from the cafe where we had lunch and watched the rest of the parade from the window. Clowns! Of course!

The parade went on for a lot longer as we sat and enjoyed lunch. People who happened to live on the street just stood on the front porches taking photos. And as it ended, we saw the ‘performers’ walk/scoot/pogo back the other way to meet up with their families for the rest of their Saturday.

It was a neighbourhood parade – not super big or crowded, but a casual, colourful, fun celebration of the community. Fantastic way to spend our Saturday morning. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “It’s a Parade!

  1. Perhaps you guys should be in the next year parade? How cool it is just to walk along as any otherhead dude and get the cheers! 😀

    • Hah, good idea..w’e’ll have to see how we go joining the community groups. 🙂 I know, I’m sure there’s some significance to the horse head, but I don’t know what it is! But he looked pretty relaxed. 🙂

      • Also, Joy looked a serious artist en-plein-air while Evan is not going to be left out!

  2. lol’ing at the horse dude:) parades to me seem quite an American thing don’t you think? atleast that’s my perception:) fun way to spend a Saturday I’m sure especially if you can have lunch at the same time:)

    • I know, he was so weird and funny! Yes – I guess so. Certainly they’re not so common in Aus, and I was excited to go even though it was a relatively small one. The really cool thing to me was just that all the kids and local groups in the area were out for a fun showcase and wave to their families and friends (and to drum up some business.) It was a little community celebration! 🙂

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