Last Saturday, we marched in the “Coming to America” parade at the Cleveland Zoo as part of our adoption agency’s reunion picnic. Tonight, GoGoGirl marched in our local festival parade with her gymnastics school.
We arrived early, and Nate and KarateKid picked out a good spot for candy-catching.
KarateKid was happy when the parade finally started. If you notice the banner, it says “Bed and Bath Tub Race.” That’s definitely the craziest local parade quirk, a race that begins a few minutes after the end of the parade. Different teams (members of the high school track team, the Republican party, the Civil Air Patrol, local cab drivers, etc.) make and race either beds or bathtubs on wheels, and at three points along the track they have to whirl their contraption around in a circle before proceeding. (They used to have the rider jump out, the whole team run around the tub, and then a different rider jump in, but that part was missing tonight. Maybe too many people were injured in that part of the race last year?) I didn’t get any pictures of the race this year because I had a very excited GoGoGirl on my lap… but take it from me, it is weird and wacky.
Here’s Emily, who marched the whole length of the parade with our gymnastics school. She obviously was having a great time tossing candy!
And here come GoGoGirl and Anna, with a tired Leigh. The little girls kept stopping to pick up candy, even though they were supposed to be marching! They stopped when they got to where we were sitting and stayed to watch and catch candy for the rest of the parade while Em marched on.
Even though she only marched halfway, GoGoGirl was still very proud to have been in the big parade.
She was also glad to find a spot to sit and cuddle with her darling Cousin C. How cute are they?
And how are grown-up geeks to pass the time while our geeks-in-training are catching candy? With a game, of course! Travel Settlers of Catan to the rescue.