Pemberville Grand Parade: Spectators fill curbs to view the show PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 August 2013 09:01
Amelia Dennis (left), 5, and her sister Victoria, 7, wait for candy to be thrown to them during the Pemberville parade Saturday afternoon. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - The tuba players had to focus on marching in straight rows. The queens perched on the backs of convertibles had to worry about makeup running in the sun. And the politicians had to make sure they had enough candy to last them through the entire parade route -all 90 minutes.
But the spectators could simply enjoy the parade as it marched past the crowded curbs from the elementary school, past the legion hall and through the downtown.
From their lawn chairs, the spectators applauded the marching bands, the high-kicking dancers and the feats of tiny sequined baton twirlers.
"A parade brings out the youth in everyone," said Todd Sheets, who has been organizing the Grand Parade on the final day of the annual Pemberville Free Fair for longer than he can remember.
"You kind of forget about everyday cares," Sheets said. "It's a fun
Paul Heineman throws candy from a fire truck Saturday afternoon during the Pemberville parade.
Linda Nietfeld (left), Aleighsha Pond (right), and Sydney Mahaney wave from a float in the Pemberville parade Saturday afternoon.
time with family and friends. Those of us on the parade committee are jealous."
The parade featured 138 entries this year, including nine marching bands, and nine baton and dance teams.
"I thought it was a nice mix," Sheets said.
There were proud soldiers in their fatigues, shiny fire trucks with blaring sirens, and old tractors more accustomed to fields than parade routes.
There were waving politicians and prancing horses. There were antique cars driven by beaming owners, and loud dirt bikes driven by daring boys.
There were fez-capped Shriners in their zippy red cars, and a soccer team bouncing and kicking balls along the route.
The dance and baton teams performed to old standbys like Cindi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," and newer hits like "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.
Some floats were quite elaborate. One showed young fairies surrounding a tall castle, complete with a moving dragon. The Noah's Ark float was brimming with animals. And the float depicting a swaying roller coaster was full of riders who acted nauseous each time the ride came to a stop.
The grand marshal of this year's parade was Pete Maxwell, the town's UPS delivery man for 30 years. His UPS route created several friendships in the community, and earned him the most honored spot of the parade.
By time the parade was over, many children crouched at the edge of the curbs had grabbed up bags full of candy. Meanwhile, the older generations along the parade route had revived memories of past parades and caught up with old friends and family they see once a year on parade day.
Sheets said he is aiming for an even bigger parade next year -  with more marching bands and other entries - since it will be the fair's 70th year.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 09:25

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