Because old New York habits die hard, we arrived far earlier than we actually needed to in order to secure a good spot near the start of the parade route. So, we had some time to kill, which we spent with snacks, cuddles, and watching Eric whistle with a blade of grass.
Cuddling in the grass
Ellie LOVED Eric's grass whistling
Oh, these two.
At last, the parade was underway. As expected, Ellie loved the bands in particular. She was also pretty interested in the throwing of candy, and soon got into the whole thing by waving hello to passing cars and floats and proudly waving her little flag.
Here comes the parade!
Ellie's favorite part (and mine)
Keeping an eye on things while she checks out the free candy
Waving flags with her Daddy
We liked this float!
Jacksonville Gator Club
Ellie is a parade natural!
I was still feeling pretty worn out, so we didn't make it to the end of the parade. But, we sure had a nice time while we were there. It was a beautiful day for such an event, and I think that we have started Ellie off on a solid parade-loving path!