willowfinn (willowfinn) wrote,

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Why not have a parade?

My neighborhood is typically very noisy. The boom-ts-boom ts-ts of reggaeton, pumped from just below my window out of car speakers that cost more than the car itself, is a near-constant undercurrent of my life here. I've grown some what inured to it over the years, but I can't say I'm a big fan of being woken up at 3am by the sound of eight cops gently tazing a screaming meth-head across the street. Its just something you have to put up with when you live around here.

But I will say one thing about this neighborhood which consistently brings a smile to my face -- they're always having parades. For no reason! About once a month, when its temperate, I'll hear the sound of drums and whistles, and I'll look out the window...and there'll be a motley, disorganized, noisy, colorful, laughing, dancing, tweeting parade going down my street! Girls in short skirts waving flags and doing cartwheels, costumed characters on stilts, at least three different marching bands, a drum brigade or two, and inevitably a parade dragon. Why? Why not!

Just now, a parade went by. I took a few pictures out my bedroom window. They're grainy and blurry, but then, so's the weather -- and THAT never stops the parade! They'll have a parade in the pouring rain here, if they feel like it!

These two stilt-walkers didn't stand still long enough for me to get a really good shot of them. I didn't know you could run so fast in stilts. :P

This was the fourth of five marching bands to go by.

I'm not sure what the thing on the wagon is, but it made a sound like fourteen hurdy-gurdys in a washing machine on spin cycle.

Can't have a parade without a garishly-colored parade dragon!

There it goes. G'bye, dragon!

A two man drum-caboose.

Tags: parade!
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