Saturday, July 28, 2007

Pictures...Many, Many Pictures!

Because you, the faithful blog readers, must be rather tired of my posting about the endless piles of merino that are being painstakingly picked through, carded and which are generally consuming my life, I offer a little something different today. In lieu of fiber-related reminiscences, I give you the 72nd Annual Casco Day Parade as viewed by The Sheep Flock this afternoon. (that would be the paternal side of the flock, including Auntie Sheep, Uncle Sheep, a Cousin Sheep and her little lambs, all here in Maine for a visit!) There's nothing quite like a parade, now is there? Particularly one of the small town variety. Oh, and those of you using dial-up? My humblest apologies for what will undoubtedly be the most frustrating of load-times.

Can you hear the drums? It must be starting!!!!






The United States, Canadian and Maine State Flags...stirring!!
Casco Days has a fine tradition of finding the cutest children available, plonking them in wagons and dragging them down the street for all to see. It's a crowd-pleaser, to say the least!

Forty or so years ago, 'twas The Sheep in that wagon!
There are always an abundance of classic cars to be seen:


And here's a little something for Trek and Number Guy!



They were really quite good! And better dressed than I for the occasion...



Cathy, Anne and April should appreciate what comes next!


Very, very well behaved horses. And, again, better dressed than The Sheep. I sense a theme here...
And who are these handsome devils???




Why, it's my Great Uncle and his son-in law!!! Yes, I said, "Great Uncle." Brother to my grandmother...very, very spry gentleman!!
And what, perchance, is the float he is pulling for the Raymond-Casco Historical Society?

It's an old soda fountain! Great Uncle Sheep is something of a mechanical genius. And I like soda so it all works out!

It was a wonderful day spent with family and re-living some fabulous memories from childhood! This was a yearly event for The Sheep Flock for most of our lives. The rain clouds threatened a bit, but precipitation held off long enough for us to have a rousing good parade down the streets of Casco Village.

Tomorrow I'll be back visiting with family and will probably have little to show in the way of knitty goodness. But I'll more than make up for it with my salute to Shriners! More parade pictures to come, each celebrating those fine men who make it their business to find any and all local gatherings and add a little excitement to the festivities!

Yes...I have more pictures. Pictures of tiny little cars being driven by full grown men. I live for this stuff, people.

SA





20 comments:

Emma said...

Ah, who doesn't enjoy a good old small-town parade?

Anonymous said...

I love a parade! Thanks for sharing the photos.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Julie said...

Now I definitely hope I have some internet access tomorrow evening - I love the Shriners in their itty bitty cars. I often wonder how they get out of them when they are done; I'll bet that's a pretty funny site :)

p.s. ignore my e-mail question about the reason for the parade.

annie said...

It looks like so much fun! I love that it is a family tradition.

Lorraine said...

Our town is having their parade tomorrow. Alas, no photos as I'll be marching in it.

Hmmm, would parade watchers make for an interesting blog photo? Naw, that's what I thought.

Jeanne said...

Oh, *jumping up and down/hand in the air* ME! ME! I love the horsies, too!

Your Great Uncle is a cutie.

trek said...

Number Guy says that the dude on the right has a "serious piper beard".

Number Guy does not, for the record, have one.

Diana said...

Oh yes, a parade is all about the guys in skirts.

kmkat said...

Men in red uniforms and bearskin hats? or men in kilts? Hard to choose, really.

There is nothing like a small-town parade. Thanks for the pix.

Beth said...

It looks like a fun time! I'm glad the weather held out for you.

Ronni said...

I love small town parades. Me three about the horsies. We have a Mayday parade around here but we never get horsies. Well, one year we did. Sorta. Sawhorses with saddles on them and 5th grade girls in cowboy hats "riding" them.

Sounds like great fun. Enjoy yourself. Me, I'd have tried to convince Great Uncle Sheep that the soda fountain needed a customer complete with hot fudge sundae and spoon.

Paula in Iowa said...

Oh, Oh, Oh! I love parades and your pictures are great. I live in a small town, yeah, really small. But we have a doozy of a July 4th parade! Fire trucks from all the volunteer depts. in the county. And all willing to whoop-whoop for us. Whee! Can't wait till tomorrow. Thanks!!!

Mel said...

So that must have been the provenance of the fireworks we saw coming home tonight. They were quite pretty and unexpected, but I was admittedly a bit more concerned with the check engine light that had just come on in David's pickup. I'm a little afraid of what our Hunky Mechanic will have to say about it.

B said...

The parade looks like it was fun!
What a great tradition for your sheep flock to go to every year! =)

April said...

HORSES!!!

Thank you, Sheepie, you made my day!

catsmum said...

Love that close up shot off the super cute kidlet leaning over the edge of the float.

Cathy said...

How terrific! I've lived in towns so small that the people at the beginning of the parade had to hurry to get to the curb to cheer for the people at the rear of the parade who just vacated the curb.

I've ridden my horses in parades. That was fun.

And of course, there's always firemen. In their antique machines.

mehitabel said...

We loves parades! Here in Temple City we do ours in Feb: floats made by kids out of wagons covered in camellia petals and leaves, and every youth organization in town marching the length of the main street (which is called Las Tunas Drive). Some of the kids now are third and fourth generation marchers! (TC is a small town in the middle of LA...)

Bobbi said...

oh that looks like so much fun!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out in the previous blog and have enjoyed the pictures in both. Have to get mine loaded into the computer. Took longer than planned to get to Va. to day. Cousin Sheep and the male lambs will be on the road tomorrow.

Auntie Sheep