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June 27, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #23 13 Things in a parade

13 Things you find in a small, Midwestern town parade that you won't find in the Macy's Day Parade.

1. Princesses on lame floats. Yes, that's a BARN with "Got Milk?" on it. As if that weren't bad enough, how about having to sit inside a baked potato? I'm signing up for that pageant next year! 2. The obligatory Hay ride and 4-H float.








3. Tractors. There must be tractors. What else is there?







4. Yes, the camo truck, can't forget that! Why, that's practically a staple out here.

5. Then there are the plows. Old and new. What on earth do we need this huge on for? It looks like it should be in Antarctica.

6. Giant objects. As if everyday life isn't big enough!
7. Boat turned float? Seriously, this looks like some sort of tour boat with wheels! With a bunch of elderly gentlemen so thrilled with their ride that they sing wherever they go!








8. How about the broken vehicles? I mean really, nothing says "parade" like having to be pushed or pulled through the parade!










9. What would a parade be without Elvis? Sure, you'd find Elvis in the Macy's parade, but a Fat Elvis and a Flat Elvis? Bring it on, I dare you!












10. BooBahs? What ARE these things? They frightened me so! And my camera was so afraid it took 5 shots to get them.










11. Things that don't belong on the ground. Planes and boats. Why in a parade? They don't go on the road!









12. What says "Midwestern" more than snowmobiles and 4 wheelers?











13. Now, this doesn't scream "Midwestern" to me, but I can't imagine the Macy's parade having a float like this! That is, indeed, gym equipment. Like we need a reminder that we are fat, out of shape, lazy people with nothing better to do than sit on the curb watching traffic and fighting for candy!











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Qtpies7 said...

Blogger is so freaked out and messed up tonight! If you can't see my entire post (for example, you can only see 3 pictures) click on the direct link to the post, the post title, and it should work. I don't know why, but I've tried republishing over and over and it just won't play nice.

Chelle Y. said...

Your town sounds like my BIL's town in North Carolina. It's so cute!

You would not find that in the Bay Area! Haha!

Juzahlyn said...

ohh those looks fun to watch..never was able to watch a small town parade

alisonwonderland said...

my kids love to go visit grandma when there is a parade - gotta love those small town parades!

what i didn't see here is the horses and the rodeo royalty ... or is that strictly in western towns?! :o)

Anonymous said...

The cereal packets are great! Just the right size for us!!

Happy TT from Ireland....

Anonymous said...

This post just cracked me up this morning. It reminded me so much of the time I went and watched the loco, I mean local parade for the small farming community where my husband grew up. The only reason that you actually went to watch the parade was that afterwards, the Co-op (a food store) sold 25-cent ice cream cones and everybody just HAD to stand in line for one of those! It was like the highlight of the whole summer to those people. I guess you have to show a little spirit somehow.

I have always wanted to take part in Thursday 13, but I never think of it until I see you post, and then I have trouble coming up with a topic to write on. I am going to have to work on this. Maybe my kids have some ideas.

It always seems that WFMW takes a lot of brain cells for the week, and now the pressure of writing for Tammy's Kitchen Tip Tuesday before I even reach Wednesday is using up the rest of them. By Thursday, I am usually breathing a sigh of relief that I am past all of the "deadline" series that I write for, and then I get to your site and realize I am missing Thursday 13 again. I guess I should just post a sticky note on my computer and hope for the best.

Di said...

From my experience in a small town, I would also say that you find that you know at least about a dozen people in the parade!

Jessica said...

This is HYSTERICAL! I LOVE the huge shopping cart and the sink...man, I've never seen those things in parades! I hope to see something fun at the 4th of July parade here in town this week!

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

I love living in the Midwest!

MommyMommy said...

those are great.

Carina said...

We went to a "parade" the other day at the Gooberfest in a nearby town. Not even a real float. Just a bunch of old guys and politicians in cars. And a band, I think.

The funniest thing was that the absolute second the parade was over, like, following right behind the last fire engine, was the most amazing red-neck-mobile. It was an old beat up 80's-something car with all the windows down and about 18 scuzzy looking adults and dirty, straggly children crammed inside. The look on everyone's faces was classic. "Is this really part of the parade!?!" It wasn't. They were just leaving.

Ann said...

Great list! Happy TT.

Darla said...

Now that's a parade! Now all you need is the fat Elvis on the gym equipment float. :)

Dane Bramage said...

What is wrong with hayrides? Kids love hayrides. My Thursday Thirteen #45 is up. It is photo themed too. 13 Photos of Horses and Hayrides Day at Church Stop by if you get a chance.

Lori said...

Great pics!!! Now thats country:)

Qtpies7 said...

I'll try to answer some questions here. I finally got blogger to work, so I hope it looks better to everyone now! (at least its working in Firefox)

Alisonwonderland: There was ONE lone horse, and it was mini, mini sized, like knee-hi. No rodeo stuff here, not advertised anyways.
Misslionheart: I would LOVE to buy cereal in bulk like that for my family!
Michelle: Umm, we had $.25 ice cream during the parade, LOL. And afterwards the train depot does a free ice cream social!
di: I didn't post the pics of the people in the floats jumping off to hug my kids, or my kids running up to cars begging for handouts from friends, lol. Lots of hollaring to friends, and LOTS of extra candy.
Jessica: That sink was actually RUNNING water the whole time!
Darla: You cracked me up! Fat Elvis on the gym would have been a great advertisement!
Dane, Hayrides are awesome! They are always in Midwest parades, because they are a staple, so is 4-H. You wouldn't find it in the Macy's Day parade, though!

Anonymous said...

Looks a lot more fun than the Macy's parade too. LOL! Great pictures.

Anonymous said...

Oh, these photos are so great. My favorite is the baked potato. We have a local parade with crazy stuff too.

Julie said...

What a crack up. Looks like great fun for all.

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Oh, yeah, I've seen this a lot! My hometown pop. is 800.

JAM said...

Nothing says "cheezy" quite like the small American town parade.

Thanks for the laughs.

Also, I noticed that no one was riding on the one with the gym equipment. You can get a gaggle of pretty girls to ride in a spud, but no he-men man enough to lift weights for five miles, eh?

Eimi said...

This was an AWESOME TT!! I love the big objects one!! Your comments on fat and flat elvis were hilarious too!

Thanks for visiting my tt!

Perri Nelson said...

I love a parade. Small, hometown parades are the best!

mistihollrah said...

What a fun list! Some of the pictures brought back memories of the State Fair parade that I use to attend every year as a kid!

My TT is posted!

Have a great day!

Joanne said...

Ha ha ha. Sounds just like the small town I live in. We also get big, fat, guys in tiny cars in our parades.

Great list! I love the pics. Thanks for checking out my T13.

Anonymous said...

So funny...the way you disected that parade. I'm sure it was great fun nonetheless.

Christmas parades must be another exciting event too huh?

Lisa said...

Oh, that's funny. I live in a small town, so I can relate.

Happy TT, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Anonymous said...

That is a great list. I don't usually go to parades, but the ones I have been too in our small towns have similar things. Thanks for sharing and for coming to visit. Happy TT

G.P. said...

ah the joys of living in a small town... we have something like this for Frontier Days coming up

Let me know if I can help your "camping" friends out

PHil 4:13
GP in Montana

Anonymous said...

Blogger is being 'buggy'. The comment box is taking forever to pop up.

HaHa!The Elvis float is hilarious. Thanks for the laughs. Sometimes I wish I lived in a small town.

Great photos.
Have a great Thursday!

Jenny said...

Funny!! We used to have a guy dressed up like a belly dancer dance all through the parade...he died a couple of years ago and the parades just have not been the same! lol!

Christie O. said...

hhahaha! i didn't know what was funnier, the girls in the potato or the fat elvis. very funny! we had a couple a gems down at our parade down here in florida too, i was a little aghast. happy tt!! thanks for coming by!!

Todd Camplin said...

I miss the mid-west. Thoses floats are works of art.

Tawnya Shields said...

I love quaint country towns. I'm from one. Great pics. Thanks for stopping by my T13. :o)