It’s a Big Deal each year, here in HdG, come July 4th, with a carnival, concerts, First Friday downtown, fireworks and a good old fashion parade with nearly 100 units marching. So it seemed like a good idea to let the larger community know about our weekly sailboat racing, by entering our own club float in the parade. There is no charge to enter, and even a chance to win prizes in your category of entry, so why not?
Commodore Al polished and tuned up the 1983 red Mercedes convertible that usually lives in his garage, then set about turning it into a float. A whisker pole from the boat became a mast, and signal flags filled in for sails. Signs borrowed from the clubhouse let parade watchers know who we were representing, and what the evenings for racing are. Adding in the “Ollie” starting horns completed the attention-getting package.
It’s a tradition to hand out candy to kids along the way, and Betty was happy to do so!
Hope the parade watchers appreciated the Ensign as an official substitute for the American flag, when flown from a “boat”.
And to top it all off, we’ve just learned that our entry won First Prize in the Judges’ Award category!