Do you remember the first time you watched a parade? Looking back, I remember as a kid, grabbing my lawn chair and setting up on the sidewalk, waiting for the processions to start and the giant decorated floats to pass by. The best part of it all was definitely the freebies and candy people hand out to all the onlookers.
I never thought that I would actually have the opportunity to participate in a parade, but after joining the WALLY Team, I’ve learned that the team is full of seasoned parade-walking veterans.
Recently, the team visited the city of Waldport, Oregon for the 58th annual Beachcomber Days, where we participated in the parade! So far this year, we’ve already participated in the
Apple Blossom Parade in Wenatchee and next on our list is Seattle’s own
Greenwood Seafair Parade.
Here are some things I learned walking in my first parade over the weekend:
Wear appropriate footwear: Parade routes are typically long, so you want to be sure that youre wearing comfortable shoes.
Stay hydrated: Walking in a parade can be a workout and since most take place in the summer when the temperatures are warm, its a good idea to drink plenty of water before and during the parade to stay hydrated.
Be aware of your surroundings: Its important to be aware of moving vehicles when youre walking in a parade. If youre the one driving a vehicle in a parade, its especially important to be aware of parade walkers and parade onlookers who might run into the street for freebies.
Hand out goodies, don’t throw: While it might seem easier to throw or toss goodies to parade spectators, its a good idea to hand these items to people to avoid any accidents.
Check the weather: Here in the Pacific Northwest, the weather can sometimes be unpredictable. Its a good idea to bring rain gear or a hat and sunscreen depending on the forecast.
The last thing I learned is that participating in parades is the exciting opportunities which allow you to meet fun characters and meet new friends. For example, I was lucky enough to meet Waldport’s very own pirate named Jack Sparrow from the movie,
Pirates of the Caribbean!