A Friday Five in front of the Fourth

Well, for those of us in the United States, tomorrow is Independence Day--yippee! Apparently, this year I will be celebrating my status as a public servant by walking as a fairy tale princess* (carrying a large foam-board book I made) in the local community's parade. I'm hoping it's not un-American to be thankful that this year's 4th is not one of our usual blazing hot ones. . . because I will have shorts and a tee on underneath the dress and cape, thanks to the diaphanous skirt. Oh, and serious makeup. The Board doesn't know my performing background, and probably wouldn't guess that I have "work makeup" and appropriate makeup for many other occasions. Hilarious.

Gotta say, though, I do like parades. Here are five reasons I do:

1. July 4th's parade is neat because we get to see all our firefighters in their freshly washed trucks (instead of racing down the street to some emergency on any other day). Sometimes they have their families with them, and you can tell the kids who are having a blast being on top of the truck.

2. The other cool thing about the July 4th parade is that there are community ones going on all over, from the next town over to the states on the other side of the country.

3. Community ones are great because all the residents are lined up along the main street--some neighbors who don't normally see each other get to chat, and even some former residents come back for occasion.

4. I think a lot of people across the country would agree that spectacles like the Rose Parade and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are interesting to check out, even if it's just to see how they're going to top themselves each year.

5. Having grown up in Philly, I gotta say--it's just not New Year's Day unless the Mummers are strutting.

Now, I'm off to do some princess-librarian primping. Have a great weekend!

*Yes, I'm linking to the commercialized version, because that's the costume the Board bought. And YES, I do get the "Someday My Prince Will Come" irony. . .


Dave E. said…
How did the parade go? We demand pictures. :)
Kate P said…
It went pretty well. Many little girls seemed to know who I was, and I waved back at the excited ones. One of the Board members (the Periodicals Dwarf) sent around an e-mail advising the rest of the Board and the staff what we did and she sounded pleased. And grateful.

It was hot in that polyester costume, though. In spite of the wind that kept blowing off my big-ass hair bow. And midway down the route, we had a major candy spill. I thought some overly eager kids were going to rush us before we could pick the candy up off the street!

Pictures were taken by other parties. Not sure if any will come my way, but we'll see.

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