Today, SMS T2 participated in one of America’s best traditions: The Fourth of July Parade. This one wasn’t just any parade, though, it was the Town of Londonderry Fourth of July Parade, which meant a fantastic combination of clowns, tractors, Nordic song troops, enthusiastic towns people and, of course, a few fit, fashionable Americans striding down the street on cross country skis.
As we (literally) paraded down the street, roller and snow skis strapped on, candy flying all different directions, I had the broadest smile on my face. Thanks to a bright idea and quick work from Andy, we had pulled together a little float, complete with inside-the-window car paint (to keep it from washing away in the rain), candy treats and a red, white and blue theme.
It didn’t matter much that rain started falling 20 minutes before the event. The energy of our fellow parades people and spectators transcended the weather into one wet, wild, celebration. I can think of no better microcosm of the American way.
To take things to the next level, Andy suggested that we wear our race spandex and actually Nordic walk down the street on snow skis. It was an odd idea, but we liked it, and so did the spectators.
Some sideline comments included, but were not limited to:
“Oh! You’re out here for a workout!”
“Are those your race skis?”
and my personal favorite, from a toddler in the front row “I WANT TO GO SKIING!”
The best part was seeing so many faces and community members collected in one area. The spectators included local Vermonters, alongside folks from all around New England and the US. In our line of floats, we had politicians, athletes, clubs, car collectors, kids and senior citizens. No matter why we’re here, or who we’re with, we’re united by pride in our country, by our ability to mix and match passions with culture to create something distinctly ours (hence: cutoff jeans and rollerskis).
Happy Independence Day to all!