Marching down King street in Waterloo on Monday, looking around at the tens of thousands...maybe hundreds of thousands watching us go by. I've been here long enough to have had numerous discussions on just how many people attend the parade. Some really worry about it. I don't I just know it's more people than who are on the street at any other time of the year. And my grand daughter liked it....so it must be good
Not sure though, in watching the TV coverage of the parade (edited as it is) that it would do much to entice people from out of town to take part. And by out of town, I mean a significant distance. Back in the day we heard a lot about bus tours being brought in for evenings. Don't hear too much more about that now. Perhaps that business has dropped off. But, people are still going to places like Branson Missouri....so why not hear.
I like it when new events are added. I still think Punkin Chucking would be fun. Who doesn't want to see frozen pumpkins launched from air powered cannons? C'mon, that's just madness. But good madness.
Someone made a good point to me a while back. Unless you're involved in the festivities....or happen to wander into the right area of town, you'd be hardpressed to see much evidence of a festival in many areas. That's too bad. I remember there being more excitement when I first got into town 30 years ago. But perhaps that was the perspective of a 24 year old newcomer.
Whatever, enjoy the rest of the festival