The girls and I brought Emma, our dog, with us and walked uptown to see the parade this afternoon. When Emma was younger we couldn’t bring her. She got over excited and wanted to smell and jump on people, especially little kids that she finds extremely interesting and fun. Now she is an older lady and behaves better:
People walking along the muddy, wet streets, some dressed up. It was overcast but mild, for a change. We’ve had so many Sun Festivals with rain, snow, cold or whatnot.
We have a herold for the day and we have a sun prince who “get to rule” for 24 hours.
And the Prize is always given to someone who has spread a lot joy in this coundtry, either as an artist or an actor. This year it was Jahn Teigen, an artist who has been an active musician for 30 years or more:
This float is also always present. The prince’s identity is hidden, he (or she) is disguised behind the mask and the true identity will not be revealed. He or she holds a speech at the market square after the parade and then people get clues as to who it is.It is always some one who has done something specific for the community.
Here are some glimpses of costumes. First the founder of Norsk Hydro, the one who started the factory that created this town in the beginning of the 1900’s
…and his workers.
These guys must have felt frozen at the end of the parade!
The Jazzerzice group was all dressed up and dancing to music
Their junior group was also dancing:
There were old cars:
A group of sun worshippers
A gospel choir?
A pink version of a football team
Four bottles of beer:
A bunch of bees
and some pink vikings (what’s with pink this year?)
Emma found a new friend that was just as happy as her to meet a four legged buddy.
And this is what my pants looked like after walking a dog uptown and then back home:
We’ve had some chikcen salad and the girls went out the door ; Kristi to a party and then uptown afterwards, Carly to the buses that are taking the kids to the mountains to go tobogganing with headlights and and all-you-can-eat pizza buffet; a great activity for those that are too young to get in anywhere at night, but too old to feel that staying at home with mom and dad is okay. As for me, I’m going to visit a friend for the evening.