Our town has a rodeo parade every year and we got to go this year. My kids have never been to a parade. Hard to believe since we lived a few miles from the biggest annual parade in Canada, the Stampede Parade. But alas, the only time we went to a Stampede Parade we had some cushy seats in a high rise above so it sort of felt like watching the parade on t.v. anyway. This was a nice hometown parade. The kids sat right on the curb just a few feet away from the action. And we parked about a three minute walk from our prime spots on the sidewalk. You really can’t do that at the Stampede Parade either.
And to make it even better we used our Starbucks cards (courtesy of our last Canadian Airmiles reward points) to purchase some sustaining beverages.
The parade was running about 15 minutes late….
But it got underway soon enough.
I love work horse hooves. The sound of the clopping is so lovely.
My boys are huge fans of the Alameda County Fire Department, thanks to a little show called Mythbusters. The Alameda County Fire Department is right up there with Jerry Mathers on their fame scale.
They were cheering loudly.
Is this automobile not gorgeous? Why yes, it is.
I love the prancing dancing Andalusian stallions. They are so beautiful. I want a horse.
(click on any of these pictures to see them larger… they look better in the larger format that you can see over on Flickr.)
I love this mane. I had a hair day like that today. It looks dramatic on a horse. And pretty darn awful on a human head.
Can’t decide if I like it in full color or in vintage style better…
Which do you prefer?
These horses really all behaved rather nicely for the photographer, moi. Look, they even smile when you tell them to say cheese!
Just kidding. He didn’t smile. He was actually just asking me if he had anything stuck in his teeth.
No, buddy… you’re fine… All things being relative.