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#1 2013-10-20 14:57:51

ed d
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did you go to parades when you were young??

I went to Macys Thanksgiving parade several times and local VFW parades..whats your experience??

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#2 2013-10-20 16:08:36

Olivia
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

I went to 1 Macy's parade when I was small, & don't remember it very well. In grammar school, I marched w/my girl scout troop in 2 St Patrick's day parades. Hated it. Weather was cold & too many drunk rowdies.

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#3 2013-10-20 16:36:30

mango
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

I did the Macy day parade ,once and some Columbus day parades when my school was marching also a few St. Patrick ones with my Irish girl friend. I wasn't big on parades.

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#4 2013-10-21 11:15:59

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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

I love a parade.... As a kid I remember going to the Xmas Day parades in Ottawa with Santa's sled being drawn by real Reindeer.

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#5 2013-10-21 17:19:06

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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

As I said before I love a parade. I saw a great parade yesterday in Tombstone Arizona at the annual Heldorado days celebration. Every year on the third weekend of Oct. Tombstone AZ. celebrates Heldorado days. It's a hell-raising way of celebrating the towns existence. It's a three day event where Cowgirls and Cowboys roam the town for three days starting on a Fri. and ending on Sun. Bands play in the towns saloons day and night and the locals dress up in the costumes of the 1800. There are simulated shootouts in the streets that have been roped off and shows such as rope twirling and trick shooting go on throughout different parts of the town. Every one has a great time but once again it's that great parade that is the highlight of Helldoado days that really makes it memorable. It starts at 11 am Sunday morning and lasts a little over an hr. It starts with the towns people in old costumes leading the way. Then the Shriner's show up riding around with their little cars, Cowboys and Cowgirls on horseback and stagecoaches and horse drawn wagons ride down main street.. American Legion Riders on their motorcycles along with old tractors also participate in the parade. It's a great show everyone seems to enjoy.

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#6 2013-10-21 21:12:20

reege
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

Parents took me to Macy parade when I was little but I remember nothing.

Later, older, on my own, a bunch of us would meet at 86th and 5th on St. Patrick's Day and work our way eastward - first stop, the Jaeger House. Starting around noon, we were all spiffy in our three piece suits and almost white trenchcoats.

Several hours later, having made it to First Avenue, those of us still standing would hop on the Pelham Bay-Lexington Uptown to our neighborhood pub where the Irish owner Tom Kenny would be laying out plates of corned beef and cabbage on the bar. "Good luck, lads", he would say.

God knows it was a drunken, rowdy time with the REAL Irish in Ireland appalled at how badly their Irish cousins in the US celebrated the day. Over there, it was a Holy Day of Obligation.

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#7 2013-10-21 22:40:34

Olivia
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

Reege--was that you who puked on my foot @ the St Pats Day parade in 1954?

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#8 2013-10-22 08:26:26

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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

I remember marching in the St Paddy's day parade as a young teen (or maybe even younger). I was with my church, St Nicholas of Tolentine. Not sure if it was with the boy scouts that were based in the church, or the CYO baseball team. My vague memory is that it was a cold raw day, and I couldn't wait for it to be over, loo.

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#9 2013-10-22 10:12:51

Sal
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

Reege-Good post. Living in Yorkville back in the 60's remember March 17th well. If you owned a car and parked in the street, good day to avoid parking in front of a bar which was difficult in that neighborhood.

Always enjoyed the Cultural Heritage Parades when New Yorker's showed their counties pride.

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#10 2013-10-22 10:18:31

kay
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

Macy"s andof coures the St Patricks day parade .still go to Paddyy's day parade in Long Beach and Ny .t

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#11 2013-10-22 12:40:06

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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

I went to a few Thanksgiving day parades. It was cold but I had a great time. I moved to Florida where I raised my children and they missed out on all of those great and only in New York events.

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#12 2013-10-23 15:54:22

michael
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

iI went to the st Patrick's parade in 1956, age 6; I went to the macy's parade in 1963; I think it was the week afterkennedy was killed; all I remember was gene krupa playing drums on a float

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#13 2013-10-23 19:09:28

reege
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

Olivia -- that was YOU??? I never did that to the pretty girls. I must have really been hammered to miss your loveliness.

Last edited by reege (2013-10-23 19:11:52)

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#14 2013-10-24 14:58:06

Olivia
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Re: did you go to parades when you were young??

Reege--all is forgiven but you owe me (my mother actually) the price of a pair of shoes & a pair of Girl Scout uniform socks w/a trefoil on the side. Since Mom left for the spirit world in 1987, I guess your wallet is safe.  LOL

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