This is our 3rd summer in Vegas and our 3rd year attending the tri-stake Pioneer Day celebration and parade. I can always count on the event being a fun opportunity to get out, celebrate the pioneers, play some fun games, and show our Mormon to the community as we take over a park and half of a city street. I can also count on being drenched in sweat because, hello, it's July 24th.
I was in charge of putting together the Primary float. With the bishop's trailer away at girl's camp, busy summer vacations, and being a novice at float assembly I decided to keep it simple.
This is the part where I nominated Scott to drive his truck and allow me to decorate it for the parade. After a trip to Party City for vinyl fringe & candy and some poster cutting action from my Silhouette we were in action.
I supplied bandanas for the boys and made a few bonnets for the girls. They looked ahh-dorable.
Red, yellow, and blue ribbon wands were super easy to whip together. Just ribbon + shower curtain rings. (In the past I've also used these for Primary singing time and they are so much fun for the kids to wave around.)
We (my fam) showed up early at 6:30am to get everything assembled. Scott was great at making my vision happen and as reward got to enjoy the air conditioning of the truck along the parade route.
Not exactly sure when / why / how my pioneer boys turned into gangsters.
Anna kept up the pioneer spirit
And the parade went great. We had about 14 kids show up, which was just perfect for the size of vehicle that we had. We kept the little kids in the truck bed and older kids walked behind with an entourage of adults.
The most surprising thing about being IN the parade this year was just how short it was. My goodness - about 4 minutes of actual parade waving, smiling, throwing candy and we were done!
The next day we watched 17 Miracles (it's on Netflix too!) and I blogged about one of my pioneer ancestors. I'm so glad that we have this pioneer heritage to remember and celebrate. They were strong, committed, and faithful like nothing else. I love this quote that comes at the end of the movie, 17 Miracles:
"I hope you never get over being thankful to them.
Let us read again and again, and read to our children
and our children's children, the accounts of those
who suffered so much."
--Gordon B. Hinckley
(Yes, San Francisco and Cabin posts/pictures are on their way but I couldn't let this little event slip away without mentioning.)