How could I blog on a day like today? It was in the mid-70s with clear blue skies and the Doo Dah Parade was on! If my photo album is any indication, the last time we went to the Doo Dah parade I was 3 months pregnant with my oldest. So, when I found out that the cancelled Doo Dah parade was back on, I knew that Jan. 20th where I would be.
It’s been so long since I’ve gone to a parade that I forgot the main rule: Bring a chair. Ack! We got to Old Town around 11am and the parade was set to start around 11:30. I usually watch from the beginning, but since we parked near the end of the route, we went for something new. The first thing that alerted Alton to the fact that this wasn’t just a regular day was the requisite fighter planes flying over the parade route:
Too cute! Oh, before I get into this, you can see more of my photos in my Doo Dah Parade set. My blog loads too slow already, so I’m not going to load this down with too many photos.
The Doo Dah Parade is in Pasadena, which seems to be synonymous with “liberal” to many people, I’d have to agree. In fact, I always thought “liberal white guilt” was some stupid right wing phrase before I actually hung out in Pasadena. Those Boomers…wow! Anyway, it is pretty liberal and the politics do come out in the parade. The parade opened with lots and lots of people on bikes:
Soon we saw presidential candidate Frank Tambanelli:
Now, what’s funny is that this guy and Lady Liberty got into a scuffle over the Constitution. He snatched it from her and started to pretend to stomp on it. I started yelling at him to leave my civil liberties alone and people were cheering on Lady Liberty. A few minutes after this photo was taken, Lady Liberty ran back over to me and gave me gift:
I told Lady Liberty, that I’m raising my kids to defend their rights and to defend The Consititution. She took off before I could get a photo of her with the kids.
Each guy represented a letter in the word ‘VOTE’ and each had poster with 2 sayings on it like, “A vote is a terrible thing to waste” or “‘Tis better to have voted and lost, than not to vote at all.”
There were more social commentary in some of the entries, but I won’t post photos. The best were these zombies who had things like laptops, Xbox’s, iPod’s or widescreen TV boxes chained to them. They all had signs that looked like Visa’s logo with pretty clever sayings on it. I told one lady, “Don’t worry, Bush wants to give you $800 so you can go shopping again!” And everyone started laughing and talking about how incredibly stupid our president thinks we are.
Oh…duh! So, I’m all into politics and crap, but I was with the parade by myself with the two kids. I say this as an explanation of why I was unable to get good shots of the Kucinich and Obama entries. Oh and there was this bitch in a wheelchair and some dick in a brown jacket who kept standing right in front of us. The best I got was this:
The sign says: Kucinich is 4 U, Are you 4 Him?
So that’s that and I’m a liar, because this is picture heavy and long. Oh well. You’ll live.
Thanks for looking!