A blog about Parades, and the people who participate in them.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

My dedication to Parade, June 17th Overview

Who doesn't love a Parade? People get upset when their Parades are rained upon. It even was en vogue at one point (and, quite frankly, could very well be again) to call having a nice walk about the town parading.
So this is Paradeblog, where I formally announce my mission to attend and participate in countless Nebraska Parades, from 6-block small town events to 3-mile hikes through Omaha. I will be carrying my trusty XL-2 along. I encourage participants in Parade Club to post potential parading opportunities, create innovative entries, or simply walk along with the political candidate of their choice as I am.

Now that that's established, here is a run-down of Parades so far:
June 17th: Juneteenth Parade, North Omaha.
This nearly 3-mile long parade stretched all along 24th Street, from Hamilton to Fort, before turning west on Fort to 30th, ending at Fort Omaha. It celebrated the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching slaves in Texas, and thus this Parade went through Omaha's historically African-American neighborhood/ghetto (and, coincidentally, the neighborhood where my father lived when he first emigrated to the United States in the late 1950s). I've completed a video of this Parade.

June 17th: Stromsburg Swedish Midsömmar Festival Grand Parade
This was very large for a small-town Parade. Stromsburg hasn't a single traffic light, and yet many of the yards on this half-mile long route had 40 to 50 people in lawn chairs and on the grass out to watch the Parade. The theme was "Sun," and one of the best entries ascribing to this was "Riders for the Son," a 100+ unit entry of Harley Davidson Christians. Video pending completion.


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