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Parade!

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Parade—band, balloons
horses, bulls, flags, floats, tractors
and candy vultures!

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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It’s parade season! These photos were taken last year when we were visiting the kids/grandkids in Dawson Creek. The Friday noon parade introduced a weekend of rodeo fun!

PF-2For more poetry fun, visit Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Mary Lee Hahn at her blog A Year of Reading.

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Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Kids, Light, Poetry Friday

 

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24 responses to “Parade!

  1. maryleehahn

    June 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I love parades…even though they always make me shed a few happy-tears!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      “Happy tears”? That’s sweet. I too get emotional with some pomp and circumstance–like bands, marching and flags.

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  2. Brenda Davis Harsham

    June 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    What adorable candy vultures!

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  3. lindabaie

    June 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Love those ‘candy vultures’! A few years ago while my daughter, the granddaughters & I visited my brother, who has an antique store in a town with different summer celebrations, the girls got to ride with him in a car advertising the store. Oh my, they loved it! And yes, they, like others, got to throw candy! Wonderful poem that captures it all, Violet.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      How wonderful for your girlies, Linda!

      I just found this quote in the book I’m reading: “Do you know who is having the most fun at the parades? Do you know who is granted the biggest smile? It is she who is throwing the candy, of course.” – Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Track by Erin Loechner.

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  4. Linda Mitchell

    June 9, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Delightful! I grew up on parades….watching and then marching band and then princess waving for a bit. Those tractors and their proud owners always make me smile. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be proud of those big John Deere or International Harvester rigs….it’s just so different from the vehicles in my world. And, candy vultures…..what a great visual. We kids sure were competative for so little stale taffy. lol.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Yes, Linda, those big rigs figure in areas where farming is important. I can see how they would be quite foreign to city slickers. Definitely a feature of farming community parades. “Stale Taffy” – Ha! Are you implying they were throwing out the dregs of the Halloween leftovers, maybe?

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  5. Kiesha Shepard

    June 9, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Parades are quite the thing to experience. My boys love to watch the big trucks and tractors. Your poem is spot on!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Yay Kiesha’s boys! Most little boys love tractors and those big diggers and dump trucks… life-size Tonkas!

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  6. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    June 9, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I love this time of year – blue skies and parades!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      So do I, Jane! I think our community parade is next weekend. Hope we get those blue skies. A rainy parade is a bummer.

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  7. Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    June 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

    That looks like a fun parade! Love how you created a video poem with the slides. That last line with the candy vultures made me laugh! I’ve been to quite a few parades with some of them.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      I wonder where the throwing candy tradition started. It’s a sure-draw to keep the kids standing in one spot, waiting for the parade to arrive.

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  8. cvarsalona

    June 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Hooray for parade season, Violet. I enjoyed your video and poem. Candy vultures???never seen those and for that matter, I have never seen a tractor in a parade. Thanks for the new twist on parades.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Carol, I’m sure your New York parades don’t have tractors (or maybe they do, under all those plastic flowers and bunting). But don’t the clowns or some of the parade members throw candy? That needs to be remedied!

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  9. haitiruth

    June 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Fun! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, Ruth. Do you have community celebrations with parades in Haiti?

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  10. Wondering and Wandering

    June 9, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Thrilled there wasn’t a clown in sight. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      June 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      I take it you don’t like clowns? Actually, now that you mention it, that parade had a dearth of clowns.

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  11. jama

    June 10, 2017 at 5:57 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a real parade — thanks for the virtual parade. Candy vultures? That’s a new one!

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  12. Irene Latham

    June 10, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Ha, I qualify as a candy vulture for sure! Thank you, Violet! xo

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  13. Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting & Writing

    June 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I always love a parade. Fun haiku and pic Violet, thanks!

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