We were to ride behind Float # 16 at the parade. Float # 16 was the "Environmental Awareness/Green" float! It turned out that there were only three bicycle riders (official riders in the parade). I did see a few other cyclists.
It ran on gas, using a lawnmower engine. That's not bad, for a toy!
Frant instructing school kids who volunteered to pass out various goodies during the parade.
The guy who rode the Trek below did not ride it in the parade, but he rode it to the parade and he was a volunteer, who manned certain stations on our float. Trek aluminum bike? Hmmm...
I had a great time at the parade. There were somethings that could have been done better:
- I think handing out the candy during the parade might have been better than throwing it from the floats. Candy was simply thrown out from several floats and many a piece did not reach its intended audience. There was a lot of candy on the streets. I suppose it can be cleaned-up, but why waste?
- I saw several copies of the Constitution on the streets during the parade. I picked-up each one of them and handed them to people who wanted them. Constitution lying on the street? That to me is definitely not cool. Perhaps the organizers would consider a more careful approach to the dispersal of our Constitution.
- There were not enough portable toilets around the parade area. It was a very hot day and if people were to keep hydrated, they would also need a bathroom. Something to consider for the next year?
- There was no water fountain along the parade route. Having portable water fountains would be a great addition. I think it is better than handing out bottled water.
- I had the American Flag on my bike and no one honked at me today. I do not know if it was because there was not enough traffic on the road or because Brahma was decorated properly. But I felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in a very important celebration, for the first time.
Happy American Independence Day!!