Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday photo of a parade float takes me back to the summer of 1995 when we took a family vacation to Disney World. No one does a parade quite like Disney. Nothing stops a Disney parade either, not even a technical problem, and certainly not rain.
We spent this particular rainy day at MGM Hollywood Studios. As luck would have it, we were right on time for Aladdin’s Royal Caravan welcoming Prince Ali into the city of Agrabah. The spectacle of colorful costumes, fire-eaters, snake charmers, acrobats, dancers, and musicians did not disappoint.
Even the most discouraged guest bedecked in a plastic emergency poncho couldn’t help but smile at all the animated floats.
The “Prince Ali” theme song built to a crescendo upon the arrival of Prince Ali and Princess Jasmine.
|Prince Ali and Princess Jasmine|
But all that paled compared to that singular moment when I caught a glimpse behind the magic.
Do you see it?
Two giant camels were being driven through the streets by twenty serfs with swinging legs. And then I saw it. In the third row was one honest-to-goodness real live human being disguised like the other nineteen fiberglass characters. The moment I saw him, it struck my funny bone and I couldn’t control my laughter.
And he saw me too. He looked right at me, cocking his head and shrugging his shoulders as if to say, “Yeah, I know I look silly.”
But that’s not the end of it.
Don’t you hate when people cut THROUGH a parade to get to the other side? Some pushy parents and two kids in their matching yellow Disney ponchos couldn’t wait. They just had to cross in front of the giant camels. That’s when my buddy driving the camel float gave me a knowing nod and pressed the button sending a strong shot of camel spit onto the offending family.
For more festivals and parades, follow the crowd to Sepia Saturday. But watch out for spitting camels.
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