FOR YEARS, my mother hounded me. She wanted to take our oldest to the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Greenville Avenue, here in Dallas.
For probably the same amount of years, my sister and her friends have had a "float" in the parade . . . and I want to use "float" in the loosest sense of the word! It is more like a . . . delivery device . . . for a throng of green beer drinkers . . . to get from point A to point B. They even have a port - o - potty!!
I protested for years . . . years! I'd say things like "I don't want him exposed to all that alcohol." "I don't want him to see alcohol glamorized", clearly I thought green beer could be! "I don't want him exposed to all that trash and nonsense."
And then . . . I went! Last year, my mother, my two boys and myself went. And . . . while it isn't the Children's Medical Center Christmas Parade . . . it wasn't the booze whore fest I expected it to be either!
First off - I have to lay the ground work . . .
1 - Goo, my mother, said we HAD to be there early to get a good spot. She clearly was thinking, our choice of prime spots on the route - not any spot would do - she knew exactly where she wanted to be and she wanted to claim her spot . . . no unlike the settlers moving West!!
|Family friendly fellow!|
3 - Goo's prime spot . . . might have been total genius considering, the young children 9 & 3, that we had with us. She found us a spot, BEFORE the start of the parade - not as in time but as in place! We were about 9 floats before the starting line of the parade. I refuse to give out our location for fear someone might try to claim our land!
This totally worked for us! The boys were able to go up close and see the floats, watch as the people put on their last minute decorations. We were able to "hang out" on Julie's green beer drinker's delivery device. We got lots of pictures and lots of beads, and not a single shirt was raised!
|Crazy ladies tossing green tortillas.|
It was windy, a little chilly and a whole lot of fun!
|Good idea to have a floatie!|
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|Very family friendly!|