On July 3, Andy and I got to participate in the annual Mardi Gras parade in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Fairport Harbor is generally a sleepy little town on Lake Erie. It comes alive in summer thanks to it’s very lovely beach, boat launch area and lighthouse museum. On Mardi Gras weekend it is jammed with hundreds of people who come for the carnival rides and food on the beach, the parade and fireworks. There are two fireworks shows this year, Friday and Sunday, since last year’s were cancelled due to rain and wind. The city’s fireworks shows are legendarily huge, as are the crowds. The one year we attended it was amazing, as each firework lit up the sky and you could see beach area fully packed with families. Not so fun was the two hours it took to get out of town!
For this year’s parade Andy and I had a good time riding on a truck with his friends, singing and playing simple instruments to the songs “God Bless the USA, “Beer in Mexico,” and “Call Me Maybe.” We rode along with the Spots Carpet Cleaning crew, a company owned by Andy’s boss, Denice, and her husband, Ed. Several of their employees and friends rode in their two vans and walked the route, throwing candy to the crowds on the sidewalks and in yards.
While we waited for the parade to start, I got a chance to take some “back stage” photos. Happy 4th of July everyone!