This year my mom and I did something a little different. We wanted to keep it low key but still go out and do something to celebrate the holiday, so we decided to go to a nearby small town and check out the local scene. I figured since I live in Arkansas, right in the middle of the I Love America bible belt, there should be something good going on. I envisioned local shops selling homemade pies and fudge, artwork depicting our American heritage, and who knows, maybe some cool antique collections of American memorabilia on display. Wishful thinking is what that was.
We saw that a small town about 40 -45 min. away was going to have a parade and though I’m sort of bah humbug when it comes to parades, I sort of thought it might be fun to check out. We got there about 40 min. before the parade was to start and there were already people lining up on the street (for the record, we were there that early b/c I couldn’t remember how to get there or how long it was going to take).
The parade started at exactly 10:00 and went as follows:
I was there and I still don’t know what the golf cart was for.
As far as I know, Arkansas isn’t known for its pioneer heritage so I’m not sure why those girls in front are dressed like that
I don’t know what those girls and that lady have to do with the fire department or why she’s in a wife beater
I think that first vehicle used to be a part of a tractor. I don’t know why old men are driving either one of those things.
Random kids riding their bikes. Yeah, I don’t get why either.
Nascar represented of course
That’s how we do floats up here in these parts
FFA represent! I thought there would be more kids on this one.
That’s a bulldog mascot in the truck so, maybe something to do with the high school?
Again, not so sure about this pioneer heritage they’ve got going on here
What the hell??
That’s it. That was the WHOLE parade. By 10:12 it was over. There’s only one street that goes through the town and it took three times as long to get out of there than was the actual length of the parade. I think my favorite part wasn’t the actual parade itself but watching the local people.
I knew I was in for a treat when not even 10 seconds after the road had been blocked, a beat up old car came and swerved around the road block, cut across the parking lot where we were parked. The lady driving was missing a couple of teeth, wearing a small tank top over her slightly larger frame, her teenage passenger smoking a cigarette, and with her windows rolled down yelled (with her southern accent adding two extra syllables to the last word), “This is g@#damn bullshit!” Ahh, America.
*Sorry the pics are small and crappy. Of course, the same can be said about the parade.