Sunday, 13 September 2009

The parade

The parade actually began with the local police car, lights flashing,  but no siren. I didn't photograph him.
No parade would be complete without the pipe band, and so here is the City of Elizabeth Pipe Band...

As I looked at the photos on the screen here,  it was interesting to look at the various background landmarks as well.  I was at the main cross road in downtown Kpaunda....  and this is my local supermarket (below) which used to be a "Four Square" store and is still called that by locals...
... and here are the two calves that are being raised by the kids at the high school....
This group of woad painted archers who were fighting and target shooting all weekend...  and notice the sign for the Marabel Rodeo on the pub which is under new management.
The nurses from the ocal hospital wheeled a bed all along the main street.  They were dressed in various vintage and modern nurses outfits...  and were very popular.
And the local dog obedience club... apparently a fight broke out as the dogs got to the other end of the street,  but I misssed that....
As one of the sponsors of the event, the local quarry could hardly be left out...  they had a newly decorated truck, with pictures of rocks on the sides!
Behind the truck, is the tallest tree in the main street.  This is a Norfolk Island Pine that is decorated with lights at Christmas time.  I'll need to photograph it in the dark in December...
... and again,  from the high school,  a couple of entrants into the pedal prix race...
There were more,  the local ambulance,  the fire truck and so on.... this was the view as they disappeared down the road, a police car at the end. 
I think that most of the town's people were there...  and with the rest of the town marching,  there were exclamations of recognition, greetings and laughter all the way down the street.  It may not be the most extravagant parade,  but it was certainly a highlight of the weekend in the community.  There is something to be said for small towns and their networking and cohesiveness that makes the community so much more than the sum of its parts.  All of these bits and pieces are what makes a community resilient in the ways that the transition movement would have us become...  we are a little bit along the path to that.

2 comments:

Fiona (posts by her mum and dad) said...

yay for the nurses...and the baby cows.
thanks for all the pics.
Love
Louise

Jane said...

You'd have been proud of them. And, being a country town the were well known and greeted all the way down the street!
The baby cows didn't like the cheering.