Presidents Day Parade.

One of the fun things about living in Old Town is that you never quite know what or who you’ll see walking down the street…

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Earlier this week I saw signs for a big parade happening this afternoon, so I figured I’d take a mid-day break to enjoy the occasion. 

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And lucky for me, it turned out my friend Ashley was going too!  Friends make standing in the misty cold rain much more fun.  :)

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I was surprised that given the freezing cold temps and drizzly rain, so many people still turned out to show their love for George Washington. 

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No parade is complete without a color guard!

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This marching band was playing “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga.  I LOVED it. 

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And this daisy troop was quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

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There were families, dogs, old, young – people from all over Alexandria.  It’s so fun that all of this goes on just a few blocks from my front door!

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I was so impressed with this unicycling group.  They couldn’t have been much older than ten!

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I know I’m getting old when I see this and all I can think is “that’s so dangerous!”

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Another parade classic: old men in tiny cars.

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A few crazies showed up to warn us about the end of the world coming up…

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But luckily there were clowns there to lighten the mood.

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Many many thanks to Ashley and her husband Jorge for hanging out in the bitter cold with me for an hour.  The parade was HUGE!

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I returned home with frozen feet, very pink cheeks, and some exciting parade loot – peanut M&M’s and patriotic beads! 

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Now I am back inside de-thawing and getting ready to get back to work.  Nothing like a mid-day break for a patriotic parade.  Getting excited for the next holiday coming up later this week – MY 30th BIRTHDAY!