OLAF, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, Raggedy Ann, Laura Ingalls Wilder, police officers, firefighters and more—all paraded down Faribault’s Central Avenue at noon Saturday for the Fall Festival Costume Parade.
It’s an annual event that not only celebrates the season, but also gives kids a chance to dress up, pretend and, well, act like kids.
I watched as parents dressed kids street-side,
as families walked toward the beginning of the parade route
and then later followed the route.
I delighted in the uninhibited enthusiasm,
in the clasped hands,
in the hesitant waves,
and in the exuberant smiles.
I appreciated the dog striped as a skunk,
the colorful and playful witch kicking her legs
and even the preschool princess trailing, unable to pedal her trike fast enough.
For awhile, those of us gathered in downtown Faribault focused on the scene before us. Joyful. Happy. Fun. A time of togetherness that is the stuff of October memories in Minnesota.
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© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling