Monday, May 31, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Parade

Ruby Tuesday arrives on this holiday (in the US) weekend. Since our town parade was held on Sunday, it is my subject for RT. All photos were taken from wheelchair height on the shady side of the street.

Our town has a population of around 18,500, so it is a small town parade in essence. People of all backgrounds arrive for the festivities.

There weren't veterans marching today, a shame. There will be in tomorrow's parade held by the neighboring towns of Derby and Shelton, and being a much larger parade (with the Connecticut Air National Guard providing an aerial fly-by), there will be...




Befitting a small town, there are more of the usual sights, such as high school marching bands and drum corps, whose flag bearers today are resplendent in ruby outfits.

Fire apparatus is a regular fixture in a holiday parade. Like the Eagle Hose Company fire carriage.







Manufactured in 1859, this four-wheel hose wagon with 50 feet of hose was obtained by a group of prominent Ansonians and donated to the city in 1871. The restoration of this rare item cost $50,000 and was completed in 2005.


Of course, a variety of modern fire trucks were to follow the carriage. Naturally, the newer is more effective in fighting a blaze today...






The day was wonderful, dry with blue skies and warm temperatures (84°F / 29°C). The crowd approved of the fine weather.


Of course the balloon and souvenir vendors were there, hawking their wares. I see a little girl perhaps looking at the items in the cart...



Patti, her mom and I attended. we sat under the shadow of buildings on the other side. We three preferred not melting in the sun. However, many chose the sunny side of the street.

There is something special in watching a parade. True, there was nothing elaborate along the lines of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. But that so many townspeople had attended and watched all the marchers in harmony is why even a small parade is a nice time...

21 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

Ralph, my RT post is up! You can come and be the first to sign Mr. Linky! I always tear up at parades, Ralph, especially when I see our Vietnam Vets passing by! :')
Happy Ruby Tuesday and Happy Memorial Day!

Nora Johnson said...

Such an informative post!

Happy RT & Memorial Day!

LOLA:)

Felisol said...

My Blog friend Trish has had three posts about veterans day. They move me to tears.
These parade pictures display the proud side of America. I'd love to be there; imagine 29 Celsius degrees. A dream.
I also love the eagle.

ilanadavita said...

What a lively parade, with lots of red(s).

Leora said...

Happy Memorial Day! The festivities look fun and memorable. I like small town parades best.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Memorial Day—
hear drums beat and bugles blare!
Freedom’s in the air!

Cactus Blooms Again!

Joops said...

I admire your place and people for their dedication in remembering those who serve. Thank you for sharing this with us!

lynda howells said...

great images for Ruby Tuesday. looks like fun! Happy Ruby Tuesday to you. lynda

EG Wow said...

How wonderful that you are remembering all those who have given their all for our freedom!

toby said...

Lucky you - I see you had lots of red rubies to choose from :)

bj said...

Hi, Ralph,
This is a great RT post. All parades are filled with rubies.
We always go to the 4th of July parade here and it is a huge one.

As usual, my reds include FOOD. :)
Come over and while you're there, click on the gift card at the top of my blog and maybe you can win the $60.00 gift card I am giving away.
xo bj

Manang Kim said...

Pretty beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!
BM-Memorial day

Life Ramblings said...

that looks like a wonderful parade. Happy Memorial Day!

DrillerAA09 said...

Great day and plenty of Ruby Red to post as well. I'd have to check out that BBQ joint. Happy RT.

eden said...

Great post for Ruby Tuesday, Ralph. Thank you for sharing beautiful pictures you captured during the parade. I enjoyed them..

Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Rajesh said...

Fabulous shots of parade. Very colorful.

chubskulit said...

Very nice event to remember those who sacrifice and serve the country.

BTW Ralph, may I invite you the
Nostalgia meme I am hosting every Thursday? Hope you can join.

Jim said...

Hi Ralph, glad you got to see a nice parade. We didn't have one here but a few neighboring towns did.
I like the old hose wagon. It fits right in. I'm wondering if it was hot pulling it. We were in the 90's today.
Happy RT! Thank you for peeking in on my raggedy blooms.
..

reg said...

very beautiful pictures of your memorial weekend

Dianne said...

I love the little blonge girl in the red shorts :)

wonderful photos

Marice said...

thanks for sharing this to us! beautiful post and lovely photos indeed! perfect for the holiday!

u may view mine here