Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dancing in the Streets

Last night we decided to brave the crowds and we took the family to the Lilac Parade. We made plans to meet up with a friend of mine, Breanna, and her kids. We got there around 5:00 and ended up with some pretty good seats and room for everyone. By parade time our group had grown to include two of my brothers and their wives as well as my niece (Ela) and nephew (Bernie) AND Breanna's three cousins and two of their friends plus a family from my parent's ward who just happened to be walking by. It was quite a crowd and lots of fun!

Here's a picture of our half of the crew, we never did get a picture of the whole group...

I thought that my boys would enjoy the parade, but I had no idea how much! It was definately worth the late hours!
Breanna brought pizza to share and we had dinner while we waited for the parade to start. We had a few hours to kill since we got there so early!

One of the other moms thought ahead and brought a box of sidewalk chalk. Such a good idea! Our kids decorated the whole street while waiting for the parade, it was lots of fun for them. They were COVERED in black dirt from the road!

This was when the four jets flew overhead in formation, they loved that!

Once the parade started, they were so excited about EVERYTHING that walked/drove/marched/danced by us. Their two favorite things were the princess floats and the marching bands (which there were LOTS of). Sam was a bit smitten by all the pretty girls in fancy dresses!
Another notable mention was the Spokane Indian tribe in their full traditional dress, the kids were mesmerized! Whenever a marching band came by they showed off their amazing dancing skills, I can't believe they could keep up this energy for the entire night, but they did! This video is a small sampling of the show they put on...

It was such a fun night. I will definately go again, I'm so glad that Breanna suggested it! We are paying a price today, though, for the lack of sleep...Andrew was a monster at church! Oh well, I guess that's the price we pay for good memories!


Amy said...

Sad we wanted to go but always miss it for some reason. Looks like tons of fun though. Let's get together this week and do bows if you want. Call me and we can figure out a date.

Lindsey said...

Awww, the good ole Lilac parade! Glad your family had so much fun :) My youngest sister was in the parade, she is a CV cheerleader, so my family went last night as well.
Did you make your EV blanket? I love it, what a great thing to do your school t-shirts. Wish I would have thought of that. And the sidewalk chalk was genius, I'll have to remember that one :)

Melanie said...

Rob was in Spokane this weekend and wanted the kids and I to come too so we could go to the parade. Obviously we chose not to go. It looks like super fun. Now I'm a bit mad we missed it.

Erin McSpadden said...

that was the perfect clip. It even shows freeman in the back ground. What fun!