Step 1: Find the perfect spot.
Step 3: Snack on something. A Handi-snack would be good because it takes up extra time since you have to spread the cheese with that little red stick. Makes the wait shorter. You heard it here.
Step 4: Let the kid take a picture of you to show that you were also at the parade.
Step 5: Watch closely because HERE IT COMES!!
A row of drummers starts the parade (no picture--dang it!) and right off, my throat gets tight.
Then, Minnie and Mickey dance by.
Full on tears. You know, those laughy-cry-ey tears.
Step 6: CHEER!
Prince Ali Ababwa!
The tears are coming in earnest now. I am so thankful to be here.
The prayer went something like Thank you for the man with the vision to create this beautiful place. Thank you for providing us with the miraculous means to come and see it all. Thank you for these treasured children. Thank you for allowing me to be their mother. Thank you for teaching us patience so this would be a sweeter experience than it ever could have been otherwise. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dear Heavenly Father.
More crying, laughing, cheering.
We were only scheduled to watch the parade on the first day. Because it is off season they only have the one parade.
We watched it three times. We couldn't help it! It was so happy and beautiful and fun.
And I've always been a sucker for a parade.