We headed home from the zoo, had a short break, fixed a quick dinner, and got the kids focused on eating. I don't know if they were just more focused or if the "this surprise starts at a certain time so if you are not ready to go by 6:00 PM, we can't go because it will be too late" did the trick but we pulled out on time and headed downtown. There were signs about congested areas downtown but we didn't have any problem getting down there and found a parking lot a few blocks from the riverwalk. It was a little disappointing to see that the city lot took advantage of the parade and charged a higher than normal price for their parking.
We had quite a wait for the parade as it was very late in starting and we were near the end of the route but the weather was good and the kids were able to play in the street as it was blocked off. They used their time burning off energy. The parade was great. Instead of going down the road, all the floats actually "floated" down the river. Of course that means no marching bands but that doesn't mean there wasn't lots of music. They pulled the switch to turn on all the lights on the trees at 7:00 PM but the parade didn't get down to us until after 8:00 PM. A river parade was another first for the kids so they enjoyed it a lot. I wish I had more pictures but it was hard to get pictures with all the flashing lights so this is the best I can do but it was the kids favorite float. It was the Chick-Filet float and those cows were dancing up a storm and singing "eat more chicken" at the top of their lungs. What a hoot!
It was a long day and the kids were "out" before we were on the highway!