Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July in Livingston, Montana

Even houses get decked out for the 4th of July
I love a parade. And so do millions of other people. Especially in small towns do people turn out to watch a parade. This year I got to watch the rodeo parade in Livingston, Montana, which reminded me so much of when we lived in Pampa, Texas. 
We picked a spot in the shade of the Post Office to watch the parade.
Crowds gathered in 90 degrees heat long before the parade started.
Let parade begin 
Woody, a real beauty
Kids line the street, scrambling to collect candy 
One of the first entrants, I wonder how long this Cub Scout lasted.

We would never have made it to Montana from Texas driving these cars. But wait, pioneers rode in wagons and on horseback. 
Bagpipe players in Montana? Life is filled with surprises.

Twirlers and majorettes from 1957 until now marched in their school colors. How cool. 
"Mothers, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys." Yeah, right. 
20 Mule Team Borax? No. Outfitters.
Who dares dissent? Or argue with Betsy Ross?
A unicycle or a tri-cycle? Yes, he can ride and juggle.

A mad hatter
This horse is walking backwards.
The flavor of the Old West, cowboys and Indians
Patriots and Old Glory, and an old movie theater, too
Oodles of vintage cars in pristine condition …
… but this '55 Chevy had fuzzy dice
Clowns floated by
A skunk bug made a big stink 
Is it over?

Come back next year. We just might.