At last year parade, we were new to the neighborhood, and the Inman Park Festival and Atlanta were complete unknowns to us.
Atlanta has become like home to us and Inman Park has become our backyard.
Last year I was titillated by the bunch of "gnomes" going for a Guinness World Record. Now I know several of them and were invited to join in on the annual rebuff.
Last year we shouldered our way to the front of the crowd to see and hear the marching band, Kelly’s Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band. Since then we've seen them at several other events and one of the members worked with Cindy on movie and another was a teacher at Circus Arts Institute.
To the point where we were much too casual about things this year.
Around noon we walked less than 100 yards over to Park's Edge, to meet up with some friends. This was our first time to this restaurant which is more about the even closer, Barcelona.
It's been on our "bucket list" since we saw it on Chef Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, one of Skye's favorite shows and chefs.
Anyhow, we hung out for too long and almost missed the parade.
We made it to the parade just in time to catch the Imperial OPA Circus, a group of performers that several of our "circus" friends are involved with, including
Stevens Seaberg our hand-balance teacher at Circus Arts.
The first time I saw the Box Top Hero Corp, I thought they were really cool.
So did a friend of ours, David who also takes classes at Circus Arts.
So much so that he tracked them down and became one of them. Way to go after your passions.
And of course, we can't forget.......
the video goes on for a while, because, well there were a lot of gnomes.
They are going after a Guinness World Record after all.
Too Much Technology or Was There?
The day was marred by horrible cell phone receptions that made finding one another and other friends nearly impossible.
Granted we hadn't formed any sort of plan, or figured out meet-up spots or even the parade route before hand, like we would have prior to Iphones, Google and the like.
Skye, who has become my event photographer, was busy playing around with our new Lytro camera, which we found out later isn't yet compatible with PC or even slight older Mac OS. So now many of our parade and festival images are essentially locked in this little box until software becomes available or we figure out how to access them in another way.
So this is not the best or most flattering picture of my teacher, Steve, out of focus with smeared make-up, but its the best I have. The chap in the pink skirt is another member of the Imperial OPA.
I really didn't hang out much longer.
It was hot, really hot.
I didn't need festival food, what with my "new" diet and all.
I certainly didn't need to buy any more "stuff" because I was just getting ready to start figuring out how much and what I will be jamming into the little Rav 4.
And the couple beers, I did manage to acquire hit me fast and hard due to points mentioned above, temps and empty stomach.
Will we be around for the next Inman Park Festival?
I thought last years' would be my first and last. Maybe I'll show up sporting a red pointy hat and a fluffy white beard.