When I took the camera out to capture some of the events today, I found myself looking more at the crowd and the atmosphere of the day. I had intended on displaying a wide variety of the images that make up the flavor of a small town Independence Day celebration. Warm, muggy weather… sun hot enough to burn your skin and make you feel uncomfortable without shade. A gentle every-so-often breeze to give you a bit of relief. You wonder if you should have brought water. You wonder if someone will throw you something to quench your thirst or blast you with a stream of water.
You notice some other things along the way:
Many people select pets that look like themselves.
Today you can wear something extremely outrageous and fit right in.
Tootsie Rolls must be the least expensive candy to throw out during a parade.
Wisconsin has a lot of large people.
Someone has to clean up horse shit.
You wonder what the inside of one of those full body costumes must be like after hiking though the parade when it is muggy and almost 90 degrees.
The Mullet lives on.
Elvis Impersonators… really?
We have a lot of old tractors.
Why a marching band from Saskatoon, Canada was here, I’ll never know.
The brand new street was full of bird poop.
I’ve made advertising in some form or another for the majority of the parade participants… kinda cool.
Walking to the parade and leaving the car at home is pretty awesome.
They throw a shit load of candy out at these things.
I live in a pretty cool place.
So then, I got up early on the 5th thinking I might catch a sunrise. Weather report for this area is for barely any sun until Friday. I found some willing (sort of) geese…