Tonight was the annual Halloween parade down Maple Avenue in Vienna. It was a beautiful fall evening. Just perfect. Thousands of kids in costumers were spread out along the parade route.
We were #27 in the parade, lined up along Berry Street. We stepped off about 7:15 pm. Our entourage included my wife and three kids (my girls in “Eighties” outfits and my son as a fireman).
The parade route was a blur. The bulk of the crowd was in the center of town, between Park Street and Center Street. In the dark, it’s hard to see individual families. But we got a lot of nice shout-outs, notably from “Amy’s Army”.
After we finished, I grabbed a coffee at Starbuck’s and watched the parade entries made the final turn onto Center Street. I had a chance to watch the campaigns coming behind us. It was hard to see them over the crowd but here are some notes:
Largest Vehicle: AG candidate Steve Shannon who had his campaign banner wrapped around a huge RV.
Largest Flag: The McDonnell volunteers were carrying an enormous American flag and chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A.”
Most Bizarre Sight: The Cuccinelli campaign had volunteers riding unicycles while waving “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.
Best Musical Accompaniment: The bagpipes from the Fairfax County Coalition of Deputy Sheriffs. You need their endorsement for the music.
All told, it was a great evening.