Tuesday was Pioneer day in Utah to celebrate when the Mormon pioneers made their way into the Salt Lake Valley.  There were celebrations all over the state Picnic’s Rodeo’s and of course Parade’s.

This past week I was asked by 4 different people why parades were different that they used to be.  They said there were fewer floats and marching bands and more.

My answer was yes most parades are different than they used to be.   Floats take a long time to make and some organizations just don’t have the man power.  As far as the marching bands go, my only guess its summer and not marching band season.

Another difference in parades is candy.  So many cities and townships are asking those in the parades not to throw from the float or vehicle they are in but to have people walking along side and throwing candy for the kids.   Oh the kids, so cute and so adorable until one darts from the side to grab a Tootsie roll off the road, giving the driver a coronary.   Not that the adults are much better at the coronary giving.   Yesterday I had at least 5 adults who jumped out to get candy and almost sending Dave into the ER.

It is all a safety issue, if you were in the Willow Park area in Logan on Tuesday you might have noticed volunteers holding ropes to hold back the crowd.  Did it work?  Mostly it was an improvement but there was a time when the KOOL cruiser had about 1 foot on either side to drive.  I laughed when I saw kids leaning over the ropes to grab an extra piece of sugary goodness.

In North Logan we were behind the Hyde Park Youth council who were spraying water on the crown as they were going by.   It was funny watching the kids get a little relief from the heat.   Then as we were following them the parade went by a home who was ready they had water coolers filled with water balloons and the water fight was on.   I thought about joining in but the only liquid I had on board was windshield wiper fluid and a small stream of blue liquid wasn’t much of a water weapon so I did the only thing I could do , hit the brakes and turn up the air conditioning in the KOOL cruiser.

Two quick stories.   In Missouri a summer parade was so hot that the asphalt in the parking lot was melting.   The station vehicle was placed behind the High school band and the poor kids looked miserable.  Since the station van was large and we had air, we wound up with 5 kids who had overheated with us at the end.

In Baton Rouge,  The radio station I worked at had all the D’s marching in front of the station van ( or should I say large camper )  about ½ way through the parade a huge Thunderstorm hit, we tried to march in the rain but when the Tornado sirens started, it was time for us to stop.   The driver of the station vehicle had about 15 wet people who had been sweating just 5 minutes before all piled inside smelling like a 15 wet dogs.

We did what anyone would do in a situation, we t=made the driver go to a drive through so we could get some food.  15 separate orders.   I think the workers were not laughing about it as much as we were.

Yes, Parades aren’t the same as they used to be but what is.


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