Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I love a parade!
Well, I don't love it that much, but I have a small child.
And she LOVES parades.
Her favorite part is the marching bands.
Last night, we had our annual Christmas parade in Senatobia. Why they can't have it during the day, I'll never know. I'll also never know why the weather can be sunny and 65 degrees in the days leading up to the event, but that night, it turns blue cold.
We're talking 25 degrees here, folks.
Last year, I didn't even take Little AM. She spent the night with my mom, way out in the county, where she didn't even know there was a parade.
I stood on a street corner for two hours, freezing both myself and my camera, to get pictures that didn't come out anyway.
This year, I had a plan. My general manager doesn't seem real happy with it, but my publisher told me to.
I went to the parking lot where the floats were setting up about 4:30, before it got dark. I got a picture of a group and their float.
I then went to cover the county school board meeting, which had been moved up to 5:00 p.m. so that board members could get out before Main Street was blocked off.
It didn't let out until 7:15. I had to take a back road and park at the bank next door to my office so I could walk over and clock out.
I really, really didn't want to have to get back out, but our house backs up to the businesses on Main Street - it isn't like I could pretend that there was no parade going on in our backyard. Besides, she was ready to go when I got there.
I made myself a PB&J and we set out to find a parking space. Call me soft, but I was not leaving the confines of my van. We'd be cold, but at least the wind would be off of us and we could crank up occasionally and get some heat going. Plus, I wouldn't have to worry about an excited five-year-old running out into the street.
I got lucky - even though it was close to 7:30 when we left the house, and the parade started at 7:00, we found a spot - at an intersection around the corner from my house. We were allowed to park in the middle of the street, because, well, Main Street was blocked and no one was going to be coming through anyway.
The parade was just about to get to our section, so we didn't have to wait long.
Anna Marie kept making these odd, giggly noises. I asked her if she was OK, and she just kept telling me how excited she was.
It lasted about an hour, and then I got out into traffic and found a place to turn around at a red light. We were cold. We were tired. But at least one of us was happy!
Like I said - there was no use in my trying to take the pictures anyway - my shutter gets sluggish in the cold, and it's too dark to get pictures of floats in the dark. Plus, I have a little point-and-shoot, and my flash is absolutely useless.
So I had to endure the disappointment of my GM, when she knows good and well that in the four years I've been working here we've never had a picture of the first place float to go on the front page.
There is another parade in our county tonight, and the GM says she's going to try to take pictures. I can't go, because I have another board meeting to cover.
*and 10 points to whoever can tell me where that song "I Love a Parade" comes from. I have no idea, but it's been circling through my head today.