Bloomfield Halloween Parade

A gallery from Thursday evening’s Halloween Parade in the Bloomfield neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA.  One officer said they expected a crowd of ten thousand lining the parade route down Liberty Avenue.  It was chilly.  The little ones dressed up in costumes, so cute, thrilled to catch candy and treats thrown from the convertibles and others walking. I saw lots of unicorns!  All sizes.

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32nd Annual Duckling Day

Saturday was the 32nd Annual Duckling Day at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Library.

Charlie wore his duck costume with mask on for more than an hour. The library had provided the materials to create the paper costume. There were some real ducks to watch splash in a baby pool And a parade led by some of the marching band. The NACHO band played outside the library. I forgot to mention that the 72 degree weather of yesterday dropped thirty degrees today. Brrrr 42!

The puppet show, crafts and folk music inside the library were all fun activities for the kids.

So here’s the blog post featuring Charlie while trying to omit photos of the other children. There was quite a crowd.

Thanking all of the sponsors who made the event possible. Each child received a goody bag with a book!

Here’s Charlie earlier in the day, gluing on the paper feathers

https://www.columbuslibrary.org/events/345999

https://www.facebook.com/NACHOStreetband/

Rescue Dog George Watches the Parade

Meet George.

He was abandoned last week.  Now he’s sitting up in  a doggie stroller with a squeaky toy and LOTS of attention from his new owners.  One lucky dog!

He was watching the Etna Memorial Day Parade on Monday. I included some parade highlights so you can see what George saw.

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And here is George with his favorite squeaky toy.  He is very happy dog.

 

 

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Nothing like a marching band to get the parade going!  Anchors Aweigh they played.

Vintage vehicles.

 

Some of the Veterans

 

 

Horses

 

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Twirlers

Firefighters from surrounding communities

 

I am created a Flickr album of the Etna Memorial Parade if you want to see if you are in one of the images.    https://www.flickr.com/gp/ruth_e/6z3yA8

 

After Swimming, Maura Watches the Best Damn Band Tubas Practice

maura watches the band practice

The Ohio State University Marching Band- AKA (The Best Damn Band in the Land )

looked like the tuba section was watching a demo by a veteran.

ohio state tubas practiceEarly evening light made their shirts glow a bit.

Remember when the trombones played Hang on Sloopy? (click here for post)

Greek Independence Day Parade on Fifth Avenue Sunday Afternoon

My sister and I had a good trip to MOMA, seeing the photographs and then a walk through to see Starry Night and some familiar favorites. We walked up Fifth Avenue and  I spoke with the flag vendor near the Plaza Hotel and he liked the sock monkey on my lens.

Mary took me to see the snow leopard and their baby snow leopard at the Central Park Zoo. The fuzzy black feathered penguin who would drown if he fell in the water until his other feathers grow in.

We could hear marching band drums and Mary knew it was the parade.  The Greek Independence Day Parade was in full swing marching up Fifth Avenue.

We walked toward the police barricades and watched the floats and I took a ton of photographs. We heard a lot of Greek being spoken, it was a nice family day, people calling to the parade participants and waving. Sunny but cold!

How some of the women marched in the fancy heels is beyond me.

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This nice woman offered us two tickets to the Grandstand to view the parade but we were cold, too.

Fordham University Hellenic Society

Man and his dog

Beagle with Greek Neckerchief

The owner let me take a close-up but the dog was more interested in the people walking by.

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The photographer on the right was so friendly to me, telling me he wanted to be in two places at once- 79th Street where it ended.

Greek Sweatshirt man

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tubas marching band

Greek Parade

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Yinz Irish?

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“Yinz Irish?”

from Wikipedia (Yinz is a second-person plural pronoun used mainly in Western Pennsylvania including Pittsburgh, but it is also found throughout the Appalachians.[1)

1. Rehder, John B. (2004). Appalachian folkways. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-7879-4. OCLC 52886851.

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No shortage of green t-shirts for sale.

A few more photos in case the people look for themselves on the blog in Sunday’s post

and  a link to the FB Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Page

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A family with stroller headed to watch the parade

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A young horsewoman from the Victory Stables

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 Gnome at Cottage

A gnome gone Irish at COLLAGE gift shop, dressed for the occasion

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Castle Shannon- Green Monster

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Not sure if the parasol helped keep her dry!

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Pittsburgh Allderdice Marching Band

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Phil who promotes Pittsburgh’s Strip District, jumped in to get in photo two

(See photo one below!

My favorite shot of the day)

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Rain on the St. Patrick’s Parade Doesn’t Dampen Pittsburgh Irish Day Celebration

Saturday moring around nine, I was driving through the Strip District and saw green in every direction.

Ahhh, St.Patrick’s Day Parade!

How could I have forgotten.  Parked the car and got out in the rain and realized all I had was my cell phone camera.

Everyone was so nice when I asked if I could photograph them.  The rain didn’t dampen their spirits.

Attending his 27th Parade

Twenty-seventh parade !

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Ladies of the AOH Auxilary  Sue and Marian

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The Shriners

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Hanging up green merchandise.  Love the shades.

Check out Neighbors in the Strip page

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Grand Marshall

The Parade Marshall.  He thought I was lost.  So nice.

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Markie

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The Teamsters
The Teamsters

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This group has placed first in their category!

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New Dimension Comics    and Steel City Ghostbusters

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Pitsburgh Allderdice High School Marching Band

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Miniature Schnauzer Winston with a green bandana

Trombonists Play Hang on Sloopy for Family per Jack’s Request

Trombonists of The Best Damn Band in the Land of The Ohio State University. 

“It is one of the few all-brass and percussion bands in the country, perhaps the largest of its type in the world” wikipedia

TBDBITL is in the media a lot lately, most of it negative and all of that mess is being sorted out but-

Just look at what happened after the Ohio State Swim Club Swim Banquet.

Today as we left the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion we saw this fine group of band members headed our way.

Now if there are four steadfast and loyal fans in Ohio, it is my grandchildren.  Even Michael our native Floridian in his Orange and Blue.

Jack did his rendition of “dotting the i “and taking a bow which gave them a chuckle.

Then Jack (a native Buckeye) asked if they could play Hang on Sloopy  (Wes Farrell /Bert Russell  1964 song)    and they complied. As they played, Jack did the motions O-H-I-O with his arms and body.

What fun.  A cool memory and experience for us all. but especially the kids.

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Michael sporting his U of Florida colors

 

 

The  scarlet and gray plumes had to be covered in plastic due to the rain.

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Jack’s swim towel served as a banner as the trombonists posed with the grandchildren.

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IMG_2245The Ohio State University band members received iPads yesterday that have an app that will have the formations that they execute so masterfully.  Of course I had to ask how they learned them so well and it used to be charts on paper.  Now it will be on iPads.

 

Four years ago the kids marched to the drums at the tryouts and I posted a blog about that in August 2010   so some of these trombonists were at that very tryout I photographed.

 

And here they are in concert last year so no watching their amazing marching but it’s the song

 

The Best Damn Band in the Land Tryouts

After Erika and Laura ran the Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon, we drove home via Ohio State University Campus.  There in a hot parking lot were the Marching Band Tryouts.  Known as  The Best Damn Band in the Land, all brass and percussion. The kids loved marching around to the rapid drum beats.  We saw a young man running to his music audition portion, carrying his cymbals in a padded case.  Four hundred+ trying for 225 slots.  You have to try out every year. With two buckeyes in the family now and OSU being Steve’s and Dorothy’s alma mater one thinks about how team allegiances are born, how rivalries are formed. A lot depends on where yo live. Or move.  People have strong feelings about teams. And Marching Band music heightens pride and emotion.

Steelers’ fans not limited to just Pittsburgh but are around the world. For more info on the OSU Marching Band click here We had a nice but really hot day! Check out the buckeyes on the ceiling of stadium entrance.

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