Milagros Mexican Food restaurant was closed on July 4th so we could participate in Provo, Utah’s annual independence day, Freedom Festival celebration.
The employees, friends and family of Milagros joined hands and marched in the traditional Freedom Festival Grand Parade…. manning a giant helium balloon.
For many years, my wife, the kids and I participated in the parade festivities by sitting in comfortable lawn chairs and on blankets at the curb, under large, cool shade trees. Little did we know that someday we would sign up to participate in the long walk from the top of University Ave, east on Center street to finish at the 9th East intersection.
It’s quite a walk for a large group, especially with young kids… who were real troopers and hung in there till the end. See their smiling faces!
Years and year ago… before I was born, (in the “dark ages” of my mom’s era,) the parade floats were sponsored and made by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The parade was simply called “The Fourth Of July Parade.”
Each Stake in the Provo area were assigned to provide two floats. Those assignments were to various wards each year. Together, ward members donated their time and talents to building and manning floats, which depicted the theme of the celebration.
Of course, included were the traditional “Queen’s” floats that carried the royalty from each city in the area. (They still do that goofy wave.) Bands from all of the local high schools participated also. At that time, commercial floats were unheard of…. or at least not allowed.