A parade to celebrate Vermillion’s 150th birthday was scheduled the morning after the informal class reunion. I probably should’ve slept through the parade, but I had been so excited about going all week that I forced myself to suffer through. It was so hot, though. I spent the rest of the day laying around and feeling ill.
Appropriate for September 11th, don’t ya think?
Also, I think my late-late-late night/lack of sleep caused the slow shutter speed. These photos are oddly blurry, but it’s sort of a neat effect… But only sort of.
That one green building in the background is my dad’s latest renovation project, the recently opened Silk Road.
There were a few floats depicting historical scenes. They were more awkward than awesome, but the intent was nice.
I love how everyone in this parade was all about throwing insane amounts of candy out to the crowds. In Minneapolis, no one throws candy. They hand it out very politely. But only one piece per person. TOO SAFE.
My favorite parade candy is Frooties. They’re like tootsie rolls but not chocolate… they’re fruit-flavored!
It says “Flowering Vermillion for 50 Years” not de-flowering… Just making sure.
This parade didn’t have enough antique cars.
Not enough miniature cars, either.
This is one of Vermillion’s longest married couples (70 years). Vermillion’s longest lifetime resident was also forced to ride in a convertible car in the heat. I believe her plaque said she was 92.
It’s seemed like the Corn Palace Hillbillies might not be able to finish the parade because their car was smoking so much. *cough, cough*
Does Vermillion have a drive-in movie theatre? And since when?
Oh, maybe it’s just a joke. That darn ’70s float.
I’ve run out of words.