Yesterday I woke up, dressed myself, dressed the girls, loaded us all in the car and headed off to Oberlin for The Big Parade. Since 2002, Oberlin residents and students have lined College Street on the first Saturday in May to watch people proudly march with an eclectic array of costumes and floats. I've known about this event for years now, but yesterday was the first time we were able to make it.
When we arrived in Oberlin we were joined by my friend Laura who was there to watch her art students march in the parade. While I thought I deserved a gold star just for getting myself and the girls there on time, Laura had a nice picnic blanket and chilled water bottles for everyone. Her sense for detail is extraordinary. She even thought to bring a permanent marker to put everyone's name on their water bottles so there was no confusion. Here she is with Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess waiting for the festivities to begin.
We would have loved this simply because we're big fans of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What made it even better was the people under the costume were moving up and down to make it look like the caterpillar was creeping along in a very caterpillar-ish sort of way.
Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess were especially taken by James waving to the crowd from atop his giant peach.
Laura's students worked hard on their tribute to Edvard Munch. It was difficult to get a good picture of the whole group, but here is a close up of the figure from The Scream.
Although I enjoyed the floats, my favorite entry had to be the residents of a nearby assisted living facility and their lawn chair drill team. Their precision was impressive. I hope I do stuff like this when I'm old.
I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend and taking time to savor that which amazes and amuses.