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Daisy and the Parade

Friday, June 10, 2016

Every year at this time our city celebrates Father Hennepin Days. Father Louis Hennepin was a Catholic Priest sent to America by Louis XIV of France in the 1600's to explore. Apparently, Champlin is recognized as the place Father Hennepin crossed the Mississippi River. Why that's important I have never known.

This is my 33rd parade. Every year for 3 hours they close the highway we live on for about 1 1/2 miles for their parade - which means that we are prisoners in our own home. It used to be a much better parade with floats and bands, my youngest daughter loved this time of year. She would invite her friends to watch the parade at our house and after they would all go down to the carnival. But the floats are mostly gone now, there's only a couple of bands, it's mostly fire trucks, police cars, and groups that get together to walk the length of the parade (like the Karate school).

But this year I have a new little one who is enjoying the parade. When Daisy first saw all those strangers walking around her yard she wasn't too happy. As soon as the first siren could be heard she was fascinated with all the activity. I took a couple photos - she's been entertained for quite a while now!

Only an hour to go and we'll be able to leave home again - not that I have anywhere to go! Happy weekend everyone.
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    I'm glad Daisy enjoyed it. Maybe you and Daisy should make your own float for next year's parade!

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    1454 days ago
    This is so cute. I have never been to that parade, but USUALLY go to Edina's Fourth of July local parade. My DD has been in that one a number of times, and it is pretty fun, filled with local kids, bike riders, and is about a half hour long.

    The Edina fireworks are RIGHT near my house, and THAT is an all-day nightmare. I have had people block my driveway....I think I am becoming a curmudgeon.

    Stay cool!!

    Spark on.
    1455 days ago
  • MARIETTA2012
    Daisy is adorable. I know my dog is great company for me.
    1455 days ago
    Oh how I love these pictures of Daisy! These are precious, watching the parade and all its glory! It really seems like your little town keeps up tradition which to me is a wonderful characteristic to have! A few of the towns around here have changed trying to keep up with the new generation and sometimes that old quaint feeling seems to disappear. But not completely thank goodness. Marin is pretty strict about changes and strives to keep the towns quiet and bucolic. That is how I like it. Unfortunately the european feeling in San Francisco has gone and replaced with contemporary buildings with no character. The beautiful architectural structured old buildings are being torn down, etc. Very sad unfortunately. I just have the memories of what it use to be like.
    Sometimes changes aren't so good.
    Hugs, fredie
    1456 days ago
    my dog would be going insane with all those people on our property

    daisy is taking it well
    1456 days ago
    Looks like she is quite quiet 😊
    1456 days ago
    All creatures love a parade.😃
    1456 days ago
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    1456 days ago
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