07 July 2009

Lions Club

I was sitting at my desk today, minding my own business, when from out of nowhere I hear the distinctive sound of a marching band. And a good one at that. Keep in mind that I am 28 floors above street level, so the fact that I could hear them at all is pretty impressive. I looked out my windows to investigate and this is what I saw:

I apologize for the lack of interesting things to see in the video. The most important thing to note is the sound - see how loud it is, even with my crappy camera recording? It distracted me off and on for the entire FOUR HOURS that the parade went on. It turns out the International Lions Club convention is in town and there are upwards of 15,000 attendees expected. I think all of them walked down Nicollet Mall today for this parade.

It was also just a holiday weekend and I am happy to report that a good time was had by all at the annual visit to Canterbury Park. Although I did miss last year - I was visiting the Michigan contingent last year and participating in a parade. The only similarity this year is that EMSA came along this time too:
I think a good time was had by all. As usual, there are more photos on Flickr - see the link to the right. Also on Flickr - photos from Sha's bachelorette party and wedding, and from the Twins game we went to yesterday. After the Twins game, Elissa and I headed over to the other side of the river (St. Paul, for those of you playing along at home) for the No Doubt/Paramore concert. It was FANTASTIC. Gwen Stefani was really on and participated with the crowd. And I am now only slightly more deaf than I was before.

Tonight I have big plans to watch the TdF TTT (Tour de France Team Time Trial) on tape delay. Please, don't spoil it for me in the comments! I love the Tour. Plus, I get to spend a lot of time enjoying the French countryside without having to buy any pesky and expensive airplane tickets. Score.


Sylvia said...

EMSA -- Emily's main squeeze, Andy?

Anonymous said...

Great post. A four hour parade?!
Excellent writing, by the way, and I am an English teacher.
The TdF was on when I got home from teaching tonight and the end was quite exciting. And you are right about the French countryside.
Tomorrow they are headed to Spain and Barcelona, the site of my most recent travels. Yay.
BB (alias Mom)

Emily said...

@Santini - Yep, that's it. Kelsey coined it some time ago so I'm going with it.

@Mom - I think that constitutes a spoiler. Fortunately, I've watched it by now. That's why Dad and I have to read books before you do. :-)