Oh boy, oh boy! It's time for another review of the Cranberry Festival Parade! This past weekend the tiny village of Stone Lake, WI held it's annual Cranberry Festival. It was a brisk autumn day but about 25,000 crowded- and I mean crowded- into all 10 or 12 city blocks of Stone Lake. Why? Because it is FUN!Here are Curt and our guest Marina eagerly awaiting the parade. Some of the parade pics are out of order, but I didn't want to reorder them by cutting and pasting HTML. And will you know the difference? Probably not.
Here is Grand Marshall Tuddie Gillette enthusiastically accepting a pair of crocheted panties from one of her adoring fans. If you don't know who Tuddie Gillette is and what she has done for the town of Stone Lake, join the club. She looked like she might still be fun at a party.
Okay, these are the Senior Center King and Queen. Anything odd about this picture? What struck me as odd is that the king and queen hardly look old enough to be committed to a senior center. Maybe they've reached the end of their usefulness on the family cranberry farm. Maybe they are loony as all get out. Maybe their children just didn't want them around to burden them when the actually got old and dumped them at the senior center. In any case, sad.
These little tykes must have gotten my notes from last year's critique. They were smiling and waving a lot compared to last year's little duds who looked utterly miserable. The little gal in front saw me and was trying to give me a jazz hand. Needs some work, but she'll get there.
What happened to the little cars? The Shriners now drive scooters in an exciting choreographed ballet. I personally liked the little cars. However, with America's obesity epidemic, I suspect today's Shriners no longer fit in the little cars. Did I ever tell you that I had a former co-worker who grew up in Hayward, let's call her Pamy Phrancis, who stole a Shriner clown car and crashed it into a tree when she was in high school? She's a folk hero to me.
Okay, this queen got her picture in my blog for two reasons. First, this is just a nice well balanced picture- great colors, action shot, nice. Second, she was the ONLY queen in the whole parade in a dress who waved and smiled like a queen should wave and smile. A+ to her.
This dude was in marching band and trying to be all bad ass with his mohawk. You're still in band. Low rung. Sorry dude.
Here are two little campaigners for Sean Duffy for Congress. He's a Republican. These little girls were indoctrinated early into the cult. The one driving wants to grow up to marry a rich attorney with a narcissistic personality disorder in hopes that she will one day be a Senator's wife. The passenger is just hoping she can repress her lesbian tendencies convincingly enough to rise through Republican pundit ranks to become the next Ann Coulter. Tragic.
Look who showed up with The Singing Cranberries- my gal Mary Catherine Gallagher. I worshipped her.
Here is that creepy closeted scout master marching behind his little troop of gay haters. Methinks... blah blah blah. At least ditch the dusty rose neckerchief. It gives me the willies.
Seig Heil! Seig Heil! These sad queens were doing the synchronized seig heil wave. They clearly did not get my notes from last year. STOP THE SYNCHRONIZED WAVING ALREADY! No one likes it. I want to know what old 1940's washed up beauty queen is still teaching this shit. Maybe we should put HER in the Stone Lake Senior Center a bit early.
I was momentarily distracted by a cute dad across the street. Okay, if every moment between floats counts as momentarily, then yes, I was momentarily distracted.
Last year these ladies were dressed up as Pink Ladies. This year they were cross dressing as Danny Zuko. I'm still convinced there is a fair amount of weed consumption going on here.
I like the percussion section of marching bands. We were treated to 5 marching bands- 3 high school and 2 middle school. One middle school band was from a Catholic school and was playing a hymn. Disqualified. Only one of the high school bands was properly dressed. See above. This boy is thinking "Could I get laid if I wasn't in band?" You'll never know, young man. You'll never know.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
No one, especially an emotionally fragile 17 year old boy should EVER be cajoled into wearing a white one piece jumper in public. I don't care that he gets the great authority that comes with being the drum major. He will never live this down, at least in my mind. He may be over it, but I, gentle readers, will never be.
My favorite part of the parade. I wanted to smooch him.