~A Parade in Parkville~

~And then a Carnival~

Parkville Days Parade 2009 from Donald Smith on Vimeo.


Always leading off the parade... The Chief of Police...


Then he pulls off to the side to be the Railroad track Monitor I guess...

And the American Legion with the honor Guard...

It's handy to have the American Legion Hall right across the street for refreshment after all that Marching...

And you have to have a few old cars and trucks in a Hometown Parade...

And a Hearse? Or maybe this is an Emergency Ambulance...

The local Funeral Home just a few blocks up the street always brings this Hearse to the Parade...

And the fine Hitch of Horses to pull it...

And it is mandatory to have a fire truck... or two... or ten... in any Parkville Parade...

And a few High School Bands for noise and color...

Actually there are no High Schools in the city limits, but the Parkville students attend Park Hill High School (the original) to the North...
And Park Hill South High School a few miles East on Hiway 9...

And there is the expected rivalry between the two campuses... of course...

There is a Parade on the 4th of July but no High School bands because of vacation...

So this Parade is at a Fall Riverfest when school is back in session, or soon to be...

The Bands stop here, facing East and away from the Announcer's stand... Which is at the foot of the stairway up to Piripos' restaurant... Why this is I don't know...

I didn't really notice until this picture... They are facing nearly two blocks of Main Street downtown... The band in the background and the dancers in front... The announcer is between on the left...

They perform one or two numbers there and then march on down the street to the park...

Looking back North as they turn and head on down Main Street...

Now what does this group do besides wave those banners?

The performance completed, heading on down the hill...

And Park Hill High School heading for the park, the end of the parade...

But don't leave yet, here comes Park Hill South High School...

And they stop in the same place for their performance...

Now why didn't I get a picture of Bill Grigsby?... He is Mister Parkville, a long time resident and annual announcer of all the parades here... I got him to say 'Hello' to Momcat.. in Topeka...

Bill Grigsby is a well known and well loved citizen of the Kansas City area... He has worked with the Kansas City Chiefs for 43 years as a Broadcaster, Analyst and Color Man.

Now performing for the people on the East Side of the street, what about us back here?

OK, finished and heading on down the hill...

Crossing the railroad tracks at the end of the Parade... The BN/SF Railroad stops trains through Parkville for the Parade but also sends a man to stand guard at the crossing...

Across the tracks and the Parade is done....

On to the end of the Parade and the Start of the Carnival... And that is the next page project in waiting...

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