So here goes!
Street scrubbers in action.
Yes, there's even Dutch costumes for dogs!
From the Kinderparade:
A "Dutch Art" theme: the sunflowers represent Van Gogh's famous painting.
This class is carrying banners from two of the 11 towns on the 11 Town ice skating race.
And lastly, from the Muziekparade:
Our vantage point for watching the Muziekparade is along one of the city's "Tulip Lanes" (miles of tulips planted along select streets), so these beauties were right in front of my curbside seat. Nice!
A magnificent set of Clydesdales from the folks at Employment Express.
Always a crowd-pleaser: the Petoskey Steel Drum Band!
Another crowd-pleaser: one of several old cars that appeared in this parade.
And speaking of older vehicles, this cart-like wagon was recently restored in time to be pulled in the parade. The Holland Furnace Company was an early sponsor of the Tulip Festival.
I believe this was a new entry in the parade: Sam the Wheeler. Somehow, this guy flipped up and down on this contraption as it moved down the streets of the parade route. Don't know how he managed to avoid falling off! This was pretty cool to see.
More views of the local high school marching band:
The color guard, in Dutch costumes - and wooden shoes, of course!
Another view of the marching band. By now (they're in all three parades), I imagine they're a little tired of marching in wooden shoes.
Well, like I said, now the Tulip Festival is all over, so they can put away their wooden shoes - until next year!