Sunday, February 08, 2009

Mobile Mardi Gras, 2009
Bands let it rip

I've saved the best for last: the multiple bands interspersed among the floats. The revelers aboard the floats seem to hail from a surreal, faraway world -- but the participants in the bands look more like your neighbors out for a much rehearsed good time. Let the good times roll!

1rock-band-drummer
There was a rock band -- very loud indeed.

2old-macdonald
The country genre boasted old men on a wagon -- "Old MacDonald" perhaps?

But the stars were the high school marching bands.

3murphy-HS-band

4Murphy-HS-clarinets-&-moms
Often the moms trailed alongside.

5williamson-HS-girl-flag-bea
Each high school showed its colors.

6riverdale-marcher-w_-flag

7dancing-drum-majorettes
And the drum majorettes were strutting their stuff.

8small-drummer
Hey kid, is that hat going to soar off without you?

9cymbal-player
There was plenty of joyful noise.

The marching bands, proud and amateur in the true sense of lovingly putting on their show, reminded me of the weekly parade in Cusco, Peru.

1 comment:

bjohanna said...

I love marching bands. Even went to Victoria BC once to see/hear all the bands in their Queen Victoria Day parade. Thanks for the photos.

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