The 50th Annual Mesquite, Texas Rodeo Parade
Lots of Texas detail if viewed large!
The plan had been that everyone involved in the wedding would arrive at the church a few hours before the ceremony, to prepare. But arrangements were nearly upset when, two days before the wedding, we learned that the annual Rodeo Parade was, mere hours before the wedding, going to be blocking access to the church!
Fortunately the church parking lot could also be entered from the neighborhood behind it, and the groom's brother worked out an alternate route that was printed up and distributed to those involved.
Meanwhile, it was really something to see the enthusiasm with which Mesquite threw itself into the Rodeo Parade. Large Texas-sized pickup trucks by the dozen passed with floats in tow. My favorite, shown here in the middle, harkened back more than a century to when Mesquite was a small, Western town at the edge of civilization. (And, apparently, was full of little girls in bonnets.) More surprising was the float pictured at the bottom — though I suppose I had heard before that local businesses often have floats in parades, I had never seen a fast-food restaurant deploy their masot, a replica of their sign (“SONIC”), and a dozen of their waitstaff as part of a town celebration!