We decided we needed to see one more parade this year so we went to the Country Fair White Elephant parade right here in Green Valley. It’s always the last weekend in October and this year it fell on Halloween. Never having been before I don’t know if the participants always dress up in costume but there were plenty of ghouls and goblins along with the marching bands, (some in uniforms, some dressed as zombies), floats and Shriners. The weather was perfect too after yesterdays rain, about 70º and clear skies. The difference this year is I had someone to watch the parade with, Jay.
I knew someone in the parade, my neighbor Julie, dressed as Minnie Mouse, (she's a volunteer at the thrift store) and I saw other friends who were there to watch the festivities. Best of all it was short and sweet, just over an hour.
|a very cute spectator collecting candy|
|my friend Margie|
|old tractors were on display|
|zombie color guard|
|zombie marching band|
|a couple of uniformed marching bands|
The White Elephant is a thrift store where people donate their stuff and it gets sold to the community. They raise over $1 million dollars a year and donate it all back to the community, the Food Bank, schools, youth programs, all sorts of agencies benefit from the White Elephant. It is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and the prices are cheap! Which makes it all the more amazing at the dollar amounts they are able to give back. This guy opened and closed the parade.
At the end of the parade the Community Church had free root beer floats for any one who wanted one. What a treat!