I just got home from the local parade in our small community. Jamestown is a "suburb" of Hudsonville (pop. 9000). Jamestown is a small area out in the country, but they throw one mean parade!
Ready and waiting!
It's all about these guys.
Every paradae needs a drumline.
Depicting Jamestown's first ever schoolhouse -- an old one-room building still standing today, but not used in years. They hope to convert it into a museum.
Churches are a big part of our community and a big part of the parade. (No, the church that has the float is not the one you see in the background).
Tractors were everywhere and, of course, John Deere rules.
Local businesses had to get in on the act, too.
My favorite float! A guy who lives down the street from me (and coincidentally goes to my church AND we graduated from high school together) has a farm and many siblings. So they decorated one of their trailers and provided their own family band. I think they were playing "Battle Hymn of the Republic" or something. I LOVE SMALL TOWN LIVING!