Rochester’s Holiday Parade

I love small town parades so when my friend Joe invited me up to Rochester to see “Michigan’s Largest Holiday Parade” I couldn’t resist. We arrived in time to see folding chairs lining both sides of the street up Rochester road.

One of the odd things I noticed was the display of armored troop carriers and hi-tech walk-less toys. In parades of olde, only the lucky Mayor of the city got to ride around in the classic car, now even kids don’t have to walk any longer, choosing to use hi-tech $10,000 segways to navigate the parade route.


…then there was the armored troop carrier. Why on earth would the city of Rochester need such a thing? Are they afraid of visits from us folks from Down-River? Maybe Santa Claus uses these things nowadays for the sake of Anti-Terrorism… Dunno…


There were plenty of high school marching bands, and the local businesses up on floats (the combination of “Pre-School Education and Blah-Blah’s Funeral Home” on the same float was a little creepy…)

All in all, a fun time. Next year, my Petanque club will have its own float, with boule players playing petanque on a huge flatbed… Look for us!

3 Comments so far

  1. Skeered (unregistered) on December 4th, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

    Thank God that Rochester has a tank to keep the Troy threat at bay.

  2. Ray (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 8:56 am

    Can I just say that I believe that every community needs a tank. Whether its Rochester, or Bloomfield Hills or even Marquette…I feel safer knowing that the police can not only knock on my door at any time they want…they can KNOCK IT IN, too! ;)

  3. Tom van Bodegraven (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 9:03 pm

    It seems rather strange to mix armoured troop carriers in with school bands etc. I think it is common practice in China and other oppressive states.

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