May 31, 2010

Racine celebrates Memorial Day with a rainy parade

U.S. flags had to share the spotlight with umbrellas this morning, during Racine's Memorial Day parade. A light drizzle began about ten minutes before the parade was to start, and by the time it was over about 30 minutes later, everyone was thoroughly wet.

Which is not to imply that the rain dampened anyone's enthusiasm. Bands, floats and marchers were cheerfully welcomed by the crowd along West Boulevard. Servicemen, Racine's traditional Iwo Jima and Boys of '76 recreations, Scouts and school floats, and the Kilties all received applause -- and thanks.

Hundreds of people stood in the rain Monday for Racine's annual Memorial Day Parade. This young man held a sign for passing veterans.  

The Real School's band took cover under a rain tarp during the parade. They were worried about their electrical equipment being damaged in the soggy conditions.

Local Boy Scouts carried the flag during the parade.

Rain coated the street as the parade stepped off from West Boulevard and Washington Avenue at 10 a.m.

Some people rode in comfort ...

... while others took cover wherever they could find it.

The living statue is a Racine parade tradition.

Mayor Dickert walked in the parade.