Son Brian announced on Saturday at the end of the Ridge Day Parade in Pleasant Ridge that the marching season was over for all of us for 2008.
We started off with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – chilly and good, then Pride Day – really perfect weather, the Northside July 4 Parade – warmer, with light rain, and then the Ridge – threatening rain, but never quite doing it, very comfortable.
Only 4 parades this year for the Brian Garry for City Council troop. We have a good time walking with the big banner, smaller signs, our T-shirts, the decorated car and / or truck, all of us waving, throwing candy, handing out stickers and business cards. We are a really mixed-up group – black, white, young, old, gay, straight, abled, differently abled. A model of the world we want to live in.
I love getting into conversations – quick ones, we have to keep moving – with parade watchers, pointing to Bri wherever he is along the street, about what a good looking and well raised young man he is – and that I’m his mother. Laughter all around.
Can’t wait til next year!