Because 90 minutes is about how long our July 4th parade usually lasts. Hey, the route only goes for 2/3 of a mile. No, really.
Still, we all turn out for it, we locals and the hundreds of turistas who overrun this teeny burb especially for the Fourth of July, just because it’s silly and home-made. And, y’know…it’s something to do…
This kid — and the rather adultish looking person in the background — are snatching up candy tossed by the handfuls from riders in the float cars as they cruise down the parade route. Kids will stand as close to the passing vehicles as they dare in order to dive for those rocks of sugar.
We’ve often thought that if we ever participated in the parade, we would toss things like Tootsie Rolls and little nuggets of fudge from our truck . I’d also like to have a chocolate fountain or chocolate-dipped candy corn. (Only a few of you will get the joke.)
On a geek photographer note, the Ektar went truly apesh*t with all these high-contrast primary colors. I could not have picked a more perfectly garish film for Independence Day in the U.S.
(Yeah. Sometimes you don’t recognize the shot you should have taken until it smacks you too late in the face. But crowd scenes, man: There’s always so much going on.)
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1-1/2 Hour Party People: July 4, 2012
#’s 17, 3, 6, 20, 24, 19, 8, 2, 5, 1, 26, 27, 28, 18
All images c. 2012
Kodak Ektar 100
Pentax MX, Hoya 70-150mm zoom – because I like my crowds to look bunched up and cramped