Or maybe I just didn't do it right. Which is a real possibility. Let me explain.
When Isa and I went to work on Monday morning, at 7:45am (AM!), there were already people camping out and staking out their spots for the parade the next day (today). People don't even come out to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade that early.
And then last night, when Isa and I got home from work and school, we went for a walk up and down 2nd East to see all the people. It was packed full of families with air mattresses and tents. It was something they must get excited for all year. Our favorite was a family that brought a projector and was showing a movie against a building wall to entertain their kids (and parade neighbors). I called my cousin that lives up the street from us and he assured me that nothing (crime-wise) ever happens and it's a good time had by all. Crazy.
So needless to say, we were super excited and Isa was really upset that she didn't get the day off. So I went down there for the parade, and I'm not gonna lie, it did not live up to the hype. I was expecting huge balloons and a jet fly over and clowns and stuff. Why else would people be sleeping out for more than 24 hours for a parade?
Although there were some creative floats, the parade as a whole is like little league compared to New York parades (or even Carnival parades from the Caribbean). But you know what the absolute worst part of the parade was? They didn't throw out candy! Nothing! What kind of parade doesn't throw out candy? Boo.
Here's how the parade went, for the most part: Cops on motorcycles. Float. Band. Beauty queen from some random city in Utah. Float from some random Mormon Stake. Some more cops on motorcycles. Band. Madagascar 3 float (I started to think they sponsored the parade or something). Get ready for a pic explosion:
|Madagascar Float #1|
|Cops on bikes. People loved it when they revved their engines!|
|A train. For you, Dad. :)|
|Beauty Queens #1|
|Old Firemen. For you, Chris.|
|Jasmine and Aladdin|
|BYU's float. This is the best angle so it doesn't look like a.. Well something else.|
|Beauty queens #2|
|Charly. Why don't you just tear my heart out and stomp on it already? Huh?|
|Look at their hands!|
|Beauty queens #3|
|Beauty queen #4|
|Jesus and his posse.|
|My favorite part of the parade.|
|I love chinese dragons!|
|Get the ball! Eat the ball!!|
|Throwing the dynamite in the cave.|
|Fire in the hole!|
|Sometimes I think my bag is heavy. This dude picks up people.|
|Madagascar float #2|
|Family. Isn't it about... time?|
Not one piece of candy.
But I spent the rest of the day reading a book for History and writing a 6-page book report on it. So maybe there were parties and festivities the rest of the day that I didn't get to and maybe those are what makes Pioneer Day as amazing as everyone makes it out to be. But if the parade was any indication of later festivities, I didn't think I'd be missing anything. Maybe there would have been candy there.