Old Orchard Beach had it’s Memorial Day parade on Monday. It was a warm, sunny day compared to a very wet and cool weekend. The turnout was impressive, as were the participants. We had clowns, shriners, local celebrities, old cars and young childred. Most importantly, we had vets, in uniform, proudly carrying our nation’s flag. We also had the Rolling Thunder on their motorcycles showing their support. Here are a few of the images I was able to capture using my 50mm and just having fun.
A profile of a clown passing the crowd.
Clown on a bike.
Clown waving at parade goers as he marches down Saco Ave.
This McCormick Farmall International Haverester was one of several older tractors that turned out of the parade…they helped me reflect on the fact that a great number of the fallen that we were memorializing on Monday came from the rural, crop producing areas of our great nation. Please, remember to thank a farmer!
Another older tractor that’s had many years use keeping individuals and families fed.
Rolling Thunder present and accounted for!
Allie playing her clarinet in the LMS marching band.
Jake marching with his Palace Playland Little League Team.
Riley marching with her OOB Fire Rescue Little League team. Her mom was embarrassing her, so she wouldn’t look at the camera.
Old Orchard’s own Lawnmower Drill Team. This performance was in honor of Sgt. Sean Thibedeau who passed unexpectedly away this year at the age of 45. Sgt. Thibedeau did tours of service in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afganistan where he specialized in clearing roadways of IED’s. This oft silly group dignified his memory chanting the Army “hoorah” as they marched along.
Shriner cyclists performing along the parade route.
Shriner bass player.
Mrs. Nancy Kelly, the sponsor of the Race for Cash which is run in memory for her son, Capt. Christopher Scott Cash who was killed in Baqubah, Iraq in 2004, rides in a convertible escorted by the race’s new mascot, Spangle.