As we leisurely strolled the few blocks to a vantage point on the parade route, Frank and I reminisced about when the kids were younger and how the parade had been such a huge event. We'd carry chairs, and water bottles, and snacks and be there almost an hour before the parade began to get good curbside seats so the kids could see it all. We recalled Robin, over three decades ago, semi-reclined in her umbrella stroller, taking a long draw from her bottle of ice water. With an exaggerated smack of her lips she uttered a long satisfied "Ahhhh" that made Frank and me burst into spontaneous laughter. Now he and I walked along the route, not pausing to find a seat, and watched a few horse formations.
Although we'd missed hearing the high school and middle school bands, we were able to enjoy a mobile mariachi band.
We passed by the owners of our local toy store CooleyKatz TOYS, standing near the entry door, in front of the display window. They are a really neat couple with many grandkids and a love for the toys they select and sell. We visit their store often for our grandkids and for Alex. They have a great sense of humor and happily posed for us wearing their matching parade spectator outfits.
Normally we do not attend the rodeo because it is too hot, but again, since the weather was so fantastic, we impulsively ducked into Baughman's Western Outfitters, our local store for boots, hats, and equestrian supplies, to see if they were still selling rodeo tickets. They were not, but they informed us we could get some online when we got home. We took time to pat the horse mannequin out front and take in the display of boots within before leaving.