May 17, 2009

Pride Day 2009

Every year our little group of villages (there are 5 that make up the "town"), hold what is called Pride Day. It took the place of our annual Memorial Day Parade several years ago.

It has grown each year, drawing more and more people. It went from just a small parade, to having some vendors, games and a magician, just to name a few. It really is a joy to live in a small town. One thing I like about this, is that it is held before Memorial Day, thus we "locals" get to enjoy it, without the influx of tourists.

Now, I have nothing personal against tourists, especially since they have contributed to our economy each year from May to September. But, with that said, when your town grows from about 3500 to over 10,000 in a matter of weeks, there is a bit of claustrophobia that happens. And unfortunately, not all of those tourists are polite and respectful of our town, or its inhabitants.

But, for this one Saturday, it is our celebration of small town living. Here are a few shots of the day for you:(You can click on the photo for a larger view)

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