Our annual parade re-cap.
SPECIAL JULY 4TH MESSAGE FROM THE CITY OF FRANKLIN: Please come to our fabulous parade. There’s no way to get here. But do come anyway!
GAPS: Why do I bother.
GRADING THE WEATHER: A decent breeze. But very humid. So, a wash.
PARADE NEWS BULLETIN: Tim Michels was scheduled. Yes, he showed up.
WHICH ELECTED OFFICIAL RAN OUT OF CANDY? Milwaukee County Supervisor Patti Logsdon. How do I know? As she walked past us she said, “A thousand pieces of candy. How do you run out with a thousand pieces?”
BEST TV PERSONALTY: Hometown hero Lance Allan. WOOOOOOO!
BEST MASCOT: BO-VINE. Honorable mention: Roscoe of the Milwaukee Admirals.
BEST TEAM REPRESENTATIVES: Racing Sausages and Barrelmaker.
BEST HEADGEAR: Dance Academy of Mexico and sombreros.
MOST IMPRESSIVE: The tiny young lady (forget the organization) that did a series of four quick cartwheels in the middle of the street. Honorable mention: The large # of children throughout the parade.
BEST MUSIC: Franklin High School Marching Band that performed “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
BEST HANDOUT TO PARADE-GOERS: Coupons from Point After Pub and Grille in Franklin.
DID ANY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS NOTICE AND RECOGNIZE YOURS TRULY? It was nice to see you, Debra Larson.
SCHOOL BOARD RUMOR: Member Linda Witkowski seen talking to colleagues, telling them the parade should definitely remain in Franklin next year.
BEST LEGS IN THE PARADE: Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Honorable mention: Franklin Alderwoman Michelle Eichmann. Franklin Mayor Steve Olson came in a distant 142nd.
BEST VEHICLE ACCOMPANYING AN ELECTED OFFICIAL: Massive truck driven by Franklin’s Chris Dawes for Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor who returned to the parade after a few years’ absence with more than just a bang after being elected in April.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Chris Dawes’ wife Cindy Dawes drove a car for Franklin Alderwoman Michelle Eichmann.
BEST SHIRT: Steve Taylor’s RW & B special Milwaukee Milkmen jersey.
SENTIMENTAL FAVORITE: Franklin’s award-winning Glencastle Irish Dancers. Daughter Kyla walked and danced. Of course the entire group was tremendous.
BEST SWEET HANDED TO KIDS: Popsicles. Don’t remember who.
MOST FITTING UNIT: Debbie Davis of Franklin is running for state Assembly. Her car was dead last in the parade.