A little rain and a disappointing forecast may have shrunk the biggest Flag Day Parade in the country a little, but it sure didn’t dampen the fun.
That’s easy for us to say, though, because we landed right next to the cheerful Grandma Ks, who offered us big smiles and the loan of exactly the number of umbrellas we needed.
Hooray for the Grandma Ks!
Our little group settled into what turned out to be the perfect spot for us and we had a grand old time saluting flags, high-fiving super heroes and clapping along to the marching bands.
We Wisconsinites pull our resiliency on like the rain gear we keep stuffed in our trunks for just such occasions. It was almost as inspiring to watch the crowd assembled up and down Wisconsin Avenue as it was to see the various floats. As the rain came and went, the umbrellas popped up and down without even a break in the conversation.
Kids laughed and waved, parents smiled and relaxed and it felt like every other Flag Day parade I’ve attended and occasionally marched in, except for the lack of high school marching bands.
But, an enthusiastic group of Badger band members high stepped in line, along with city, community and military bands. Fire trucks, tractors, Corvettes, horses and old time vehicles kept the route interesting, along with dancers, singers and clowns.
From the members of Casa Hispania, to the Elite Striders, to the agricultural community promoting the Outagamie County Fair, to the high school football team, to the politicians representing them all, everyone marched among and under the American flag. I got a little lump in my throat when I saw all those flags waving and all of the proud people holding them.
We are not a perfect country, but we are free and it sure is nice to sit at an afternoon parade and express a little gratitude for it all.
Of course, I took a few pictures. I hope you enjoy.