Yesterday, I was behind the scenes of the largest parade in America overseen by all women…and, I observed, mostly women of a certain age at that! It was a well-oiled machine run with precision, accuracy, efficiency, and loads of laughter. I was amazed to watch these ladies of the Battle of Flowers Association gather at 8:30 AM, well aware long hours and rising heat lay in front in them, but their smiles never faded.
The Mission Control room was more like a war room with members of the National Guard surrounding the women with protection and support for the tasks at hand.
On every street corner, underneath the freeway, next to each entry, I spied the ladies answering questions, directing traffic, assisting with last minute work on floats, decorating cars, unloading trucks, and encouraging participants. I was not aware of any problems or complaints…as it should be. Yet, they are overseeing thousands of parade participants, including parents of children, in the parade and police officers. Each lady in yellow understands her position and job description and its fascinating to witness them pull a huge task together!
I decided to bring you two photo galleries. One is dedicated to the Behind the Scenes work at the Battle of Flowers female brigade, and the other is a taste of Fiesta Street Style. I hope you enjoy your visit.
While I loved working around these fabulous women, my favorite personal moment was when someone who came to watch the parade jumped off the sidewalk and said, “You are over50feeling40! I read your blog every day!” Thanks Marilyn…you just made my day! That is the first time that has ever happened to me!!
|Sweet Marilyn...you made my day...and your look|
There were so many other Fiesta events, and I hoped you enjoyed the few I was able to cover. Maybe more next year! But, Fiesta 2012 is officially behind me. See you soon for Visible Monday, and have a great weekend!!
|Don't Mess with the Tiger...just avoid the road!!|