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Sunday, August 15, 2010
It's So Northport! It's the DOG PARADE!
Gracie, the dog belonging to my sister and brother-in-law from Illinois, was registered as dog #1 and our Sarah as #2, but they did not lead the parade. First came the Fish Queens on the fire truck.
Then the flag-bearers (see top), followed by the banner-carriers. Recognize anyone famous in this shot?
Next came the mayor of Omena. No, not the walker—it’s the dog who was elected mayor (honorary) last year in a fund-raiser where votes could be bought for a dollar apiece.
Then there was the mayor’s whole town council.
Among the councillors was Bruce Balas, wearing a shirt from Dog Ears Books! Bless his heart, that angel!
Then, at last, “our girls,” Sarah walked by my brother-in-law, Ben, and Gracie, walked by my sister, Bettie. Gracie wore a scarf. Sarah wore a smile.
Here are some folks who really got into the spirit of the theme, “When the Dogs Come Barking In.”
Others had a message of their own to get out.
The band was GREAT, as always!!!
Some dogs were walked, while others were carried. All were good-looking.
Andy and Gloria Thomas reminded people that there’s still time to buy a raffle ticket to support the Northport Promise scholarship program. You might win a new BMW.
More dogs, more costumes...
...And old cars, too. This one carried musicians.
Even the hot dogs had their own float.
Friends of the Library rode in a Stanley Steamer.
When you see these ladies in their trompe-d’oeuil costumes, you know it’s the end of the parade until next year.
Sarah came back to the bookstore wet! She and Grace got to take a little dip in the bay to cool off after the parade. I think the dog cousins had a good time.