We love the parade every year. We get up early and truck it downtown and park miles away, carry our chairs, wagon with the baby, sunscreen, water and all the necessities to relax. We get our place early and wait. The parade finally starts! Yah! ..But then we wait and wait as the interval in between each float/event is so slow. It gets boring about 45 minutes into the parade waiting and waiting. Not enough bands this year. We (along with everyone around us) got up and started packing up after what we thought was the last show. This had to have taken at least 10 minutes, as we had blanket, chairs, baby items, trash etc to clean and gather up and low and behold ..here finally comes the combination of JTH, Hanover and Laney bands! What??! We ALL thought it was over..I mean everyone was on the way out. I was commenting how odd that we had not seen the Azalea Queen and thought maybe I had missed her even. But apparently we missed the rest of the parade. This was not our fault and I was HUGELY disappointed to not have seen the Queen, but I was not going to unpack and set it all back up. Come on parade organizers...PLEASE PLEASE get this parade up to speed, get rid of some of the "celebrities" that we dont even know who they are. Speed up the show, and get it done within 1 and 1/2hours. Babies, kids, grandmas, even teens get BORED waiting for so long for this.
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