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I Love A Parade

June 23, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Saturday night saw me and Paula Nemes heading to Canby to join the rest of the Marshall Area Stage Company gang marching in the Hat Daze parade.

MASC is hitting most of the summer parades to promote its upcoming musical “Pirates of Penzance.” I’ll admit I have another limited role with this show as well. Last year for “Grease,” all I did was create the photo board for the lobby (oh, and a scrapbook) and sell tickets one night (oh yeah, there was also the root beer floats I helped serve at several intermissions).

Anyways, we’re getting to our spot in line, number 76 or something, somewhere near Canby Elementary. Our parade unit is a pirate ship. Not a gigantic one, just one small enough to fit in the back of a pickup. Hey, it won us $700 in this past year’s Christmas Tree Walk. We pile 72 bottles of Culligan water and a cooler into the ship to hand out to people. There’s some pieces of Jolly Ranchers to throw at kids. I had to ration that because there was only so much left.

We outfit ourselves with pirate garb and “bling” and away we go. I wanted to do as little as possible because A.) I’m not in the show and B.) I didn’t really feel like handing out stuff. So I push the ship from behind. We’d stop here and there to hand out water and little bookmarks telling the show dates and times. But apparently we were also holding up the show, so I’m rushing my “anchor” down the street. I’m like, “slow down, parades are not supposed to be rushed.” I have no idea where the parade route ends. I’m sweaty, parched and wished I could climb inside the cooler. I toss a few pieces of candy here and there. I see Don and Ellie Beman of the Canby News somewhere on the sidelines and wave. I don’t know if they got any photographic evidence of me though. Thank goodness.

Finally we come upon the Canby Pool which signals the end of the parade. Hooray. I can rest. As we’re trolling the ship down the side streets, we see this guy tooling down the street in this motorized cob of corn. Yes, the man was driving a vehicle that looked like a corn cob. Have to admit, it probably gets great gas mileage.

I’m attaching a photo of the hearty pirate gang with this entry. Sorry I’m not in it. Somebody had to take the picture.


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