Yesterday’s “Flower Parade” was pretty much the same parade I saw on Tuesday evening except that Tuesday’s floats were replaced by floats carrying large bouquets of flowers. I had expected a bit more “Rose Parade” – that is, flower-covered floats. This one featured a parade going around a divided boulevard for about a half-mile in each direction, making a loop and coming back again. The tradition seems to be that the people in the parade throw flowers to the observers, especially branches of yellow flowers from Mimosa trees which are blooming now througout the Riviera. People left with large bouquets, sometimes struggling a bit with a neighbor to grab them.
My seat wasn’t as favorable for this parade as for the previous one. My view was obstructed by the people in front of me and by being too close to the floats as they passed. The view from the other side of the street was between two trees. I found people-watching to be more interesting than the parade so I’m sharing with you today a few photos of both people in the parades and those watching.
And in the crowd…
It’s just occurred to me as I looked carefully at my pictures that the people performing the more difficult acts — those on stilts and the jugglers and many others — may make a profession of doing their acts in parades around the world. If it’s true that some are from Brazil, I suspect many of them are. What a way to make a living!