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Publishers' Corner: 03/01/2011

Don’t let the parade pass you by

Parades have been around as long as civilizations have been around. They celebrate military victories, religious holidays and sports championships (your San Francisco Giants come to mind). Parades advertise circuses coming to town and other commercial enterprises – think Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parades put the powerful and famous within reach of the populace, and provide an excuse to take the day off. In earlier times parades were used to kick off fairs, festivals and feast days. What is Mardi Gras but one long and fabulous parade?

Doesn’t this make you want to have a parade, right here in Kenwood? And what better time than the 4th of July? You can probably see where this is headed.

If you are one of those people who miss our old-fashioned Kenwood Hometown 4th of July Parade, please go to the meeting on March 14 at the Kenwood Depot. It’s at 7 p.m., and the Kenwood Community Club will be serving refreshments. This will be a planning/brainstorming session, so come and put in your two cents worth. You know the old saying, “Many hands make light work,” and this is particularly true here.

And in the meantime, start thinking about your own parade entry – bring back the tractors, horses, bicycle brigades, Pomeranians on parade, beauty queens, kids pulling wagons, the Yo Yo Man, marching bands, floats, antique cars and fire engines!

Of course, if there’s a parade, there must be a Grand Marshal, so now is the time to think about who you want to lead your parade. We were honored to serve as grand marshals a few years ago. Being owners of the local newspaper, this was a risky choice. But it all went off without a hitch. We got to sit in Rick Miron’s gorgeous Rolls Royce, and do the “parade wave” to the throngs of viewers along the three-block parade route. It was an unforgettable experience.

Another thing to think about is what happens after the parade. Do we have a picnic in the park? A carnival complete with dunk tank and bounce house? Do we dam up the creek, fill it with mud, stretch a pole across it and whack each other with feather pillows? Oh, never mind. We hear that’s been done before. Just come to the Depot on March 14 to talk about all of the above [except the part about the pillows].

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