Before the Parade Passes By

Jonathan, whose mom Jennifer also takes photos, has a clear message for me.

Jonathan, whose mom Jennifer also takes photos, has a clear message for me.

Hmmm . . . why does this photo seem so familiar?

Move away—nothing to see here.

Move away—nothing to see here.

Oh, yeah! Remember this blog post? Seems that when I’m late to a shooting gig, I tend to miss some important action. Like the swimming part of a triathlon. Oh, and our high school band playing in a parade. Is that really such a big deal?

Our Angels dance team march ahead of our band.

Our Angels dance team march ahead of our band.

Well, it is if the whole point of going to the parade is to take photos of the band playing. Sigh!

Because this is Texas, we've got lots of big trucks around. Even in parades!

Because this is Texas, we've got lots of big trucks around. Even in parades!

Last Friday was County Fair Day in our part of Texas outside of Houston. Usually, the school districts in the county have the day off. Yes, that’s right . . . no school on County Fair Day. That’s so parents can take their young ’uns to the fair and have their wallets divested of every dollar bill and coinage to be found.

Sidebar: In the 11 years that the #1 son has been free of school on CFD, we’ve never attended the fair. We’ve never even gone to the fair. Or the parade. In fact, my sons have never even seen a parade in person! CPS, slap the cuffs on me now.

Love how the fair queen has the princess wave down!

Love how the fair queen has the princess wave down!

This year, though, our school district took away our CFD holiday. So the band and our dance team marched . . . but none of our students could see them. Kinda sad. But I wanted to take photos of them, so off to the little town of Richmond, Texas, I drove. I thought the parade started at 9 a.m. But when I got on the scene at 9:02 a.m., I was startled to find that I was late (and why would I be startled given my past history? Really?)!

There were plenty of horses in the parade.

There were plenty of horses in the parade.

As I squeezed into an open spot on the side of the road opposite the parade route, I began to wonder if I had missed our band and dance team. That would be par for the course for me. But no! I could see them playing and marching towards us. Yes! Luck was with me!!

Oh, oh!

Oh, oh!

No! Luck was not with me! The moment I spied the band coming towards our little part of the parade route, they stopped playing. Every single one of them, including my “third” son Chase.

The drumline never stops playing!

The drumline never stops playing!

All of them, except for the drumline, of course. They always like to play! Thanks, gang!

But what about the rest of our crew? How could I document their parade story without photos of them actually playing? So I hustled on down the parade route ahead of them. This was no easy feat for my feet!

The mini flags were out along the parade route.

The mini flags were out along the parade route.

The roadside was packed with people waving little American flags, and I hated blocking their view as I jogged past. So I took a long, circuitous route behind the parade watchers and finally reached a point far enough ahead that I could catch my breath and then shoot when the band started to play again. Good thing my shutter speed was high enough to compensate for my labored breathing!

Our band plays on!

Our band plays on!

It would have been nicer to have gotten photos from straight on, but that just wasn’t possible on this route.

Finally got ’em!

Finally got ’em!

And most important? Before the parade passed by, I got pics of Chase! If you have a long-enough parade route and can move quickly, you never have to miss a good photo op. Good thing I’ve started my marathon training!

7 responses to “Before the Parade Passes By

  1. I’m honored to have been referenced in yet another one of your blogs, even if it is a bubble reference.. I had fun taking pictures too. Next time ride with me, I was on time.

  2. Love the snare line! Of course they always love to play. You know what they say: Without the drums, it’s just a lot of hot air!

  3. you missed me in the tri also!

  4. Pingback: I Love a Parade! « Random Snippets & Apertures

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