(NEW PHOTOS ADDED FROM TW IMAGING)
Our annual parade re-cap.
We always sit near the fire station, the very end of the parade.
Understood the 11:00 parade won’t get to us at 11:00. It did arrive around 11:17.
BEST MOMENT OF PARADE: It came early, right at the very beginning. Franklin asked for VETERAN nominations for Grand Marshal of the 4th of July Parade. The city proclaimed all nominees are our HEROES and we truly thank all of our Veterans for their service and dedication to our great Country.
Joseph Lengyel, a WWII Veteran, was selected as Grand Marshal of this year’s Franklin Civic Celebration Parade.
That’s not all.
Check out the sign on the side of this convertible.
I overheard a young girl in our vicinity say, “That’s very cool.”
To say the least.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF PARADE: For me personally? No Paul Ryan.
DID THE PARADE GO HIGH-TECH? I’ve been attending the Franklin parade for ***** years. I can’t remember, as an alderman or now mayor, Steve Olson, not walking the parade.
He rode today and I can’t blame him as he’d had some stuff to deal with. Today was very hot and humid.
The mayor ran several videos on his Facebook page of himself greeting folks and urging them to attend the parade and also showing the parade route.
So no walking mayor which meant no picture with our daughter Kyla like last year.
We certainly hope you get better , Mayor Olson. But at least with you inside a vehicle we were not subjected to …those legs.
Fewer children were reduced to tears. There is a God.
ALDERMAN STEVE TAYLOR: He managed, AGAIN, to get through this parade with all smiles.
ALDERWOMAN KRISTEN WILHELM: We missed you. Our best wishes.
HE DIDN’T LOOK INTERESTED AT ALL: Up until today I had no idea what Franklin Alderman Dan Mayer looked like. The aldermen are well-marked in this parade so it was clear who he was.
Mayer made little eye contact or friendly gestures at our spot, just tossed candy with a face that shouted, ‘Just get me through this thing.’
Yes it was hot. Yes it was sticky. But you wanted this job.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY SUPERVISOR PATTI LOGSDON: Her first parade as an elected official. Oh my. I was getting shade when she got to our spot. Kyla was out hoping to get candy.
I’ve never seen this happen before in all the local parades I’ve attended. Poor Patti. With about 40-50 yards left in the parade she found herself needing more candy. She had another bag, but she struggled and struggled and struggled to get it open.
The crowd was impatient, but waited nicely.
Then she tossed…chocolate. Not Tootsie Rolls that can withstand the July heat, but chocolate. Thank you, Patti, but be ready next year.
A smile and wave to people would be a nice touch.
Too harsh? Just tellin’ ya what happened.
BEST ‘FLOAT’: TIED.
Root River Church and their personally-poured root beer floats.
Franklin Girls Youth Basketball that handed out those Mountain Dew’s, Bubbly’s, diet sodas, etc. from that large refrigerated truck.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Governor Walker near the end of the parade, arriving from another parade. He was swarmed upon by well-wishers.
BEST MASCOT: Roscoe of the Milwaukee Admirals. He was the only mascot in the parade.
Roscoe with Lance Allen of Today’s TMJ 4. Lance is a Franklin resident.
DEAF EARS: The parade planners. After the last few parades folks have clamored for more entertainment.
More, not less.
With all due respect to the Franklin High School Marching Band, the Double D Dancers, the annual trio of unplugged octogenarian musicians, the dance schools whose members didn’t dance but just walked, etc., this year’s lineup just didn’t cut it.
THE GAPS: They just keep on comin’. Nothing was done to rectify the problem this year.
I took my trustworthy stop watch along this year and timed a few, not all of the gaps:
That may not sound all that awful (it really is), but a three-minute delay in hot, steamy weather can feel like a six-minute gap.
There was mumblin’ and grumblin’ in my area about the gaps.
Again, the parade initially got to my area at 11:17. The street spots on Drexel were all filled. But by 12:10 the crowd had diminished substantially. People fed up with the long dead spots in the sauna bath said forget it, we’re outta here.
Of course my assessment will result in several reactions.
1) How dare you criticize Franklin!
2) You’re just a meanie!
3) You’re flat out wrong!
4) Why don’t you volunteer? My response: How about the volunteers already in place just fix the problem?
5) Why don’t you run for office? Well, if I don’t have time to volunteer (or desire), why or how could I run for office?
6) And my all-time favorite: Don’t like it? Then move! That’s mighty neighborly, Franklin.
This isn’t rocket science.
Reduce the ridiculous gaps.
Organize entertaining units that will hold folks’ interest.