Monday, January 28, 2013

Blue Monday - ♪ I Love a Parade ♫

Welcome! It's Blue Monday! For instructions, just click here.

I plan to visit every Blue Monday post. I love to see the many shades of blue you find.

I appreciate the comments left for me. I always look forward to seeing what you have to say.

See what blues other participants have on display by clicking on their links. Wish them a Happy Blue Monday and make their day! I'm sure they'll return the comment.

Does anyone remember this song?

I love a parade,the tramping of feet,
I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band
I just want to stand and cheer as they come.
That rat-a tat-tat, the blare of a horn.
That rat-a tat-tat, a bright uniform;
The sight of a drill will give me a thrill,
I thrill at the skill of everything military.
I love a parade, a handful of vets,
A line of cadets or any brigade,
For I love a parade.

Tampa is being invaded by pirates!
Folks dress up in pirate costumes and have a fun time.
Gasparilla is an annual celebration in Tampa.
Note the many examples of blues.

Guns explode! You can almost hear the booms and smell the smoke.

After landing, swarthy swashbucklers invade the city, 
parade down Bayshore Boulevard,
throw treasure (beads) to the crowd, and dance with joy.

Beads are one of the main attractions as they are thrown to the crowd.
(It's not like Mardi Gras; you don't have to lift your shirt to get beads.)
Blue skies smile on more than 250,000 people.

I love parades; however, I did not go. I really don't like crowds, so I stayed home and watched on TV.
The following two fuzzy pictures are from my television.
(They're fuzzy because the parade was moving.)

Here's TV reporter Sean Daly with Florida's Governor Scott.

I think that I had a much better view! 
How do you prefer to watch a parade?

Happy Blue Monday!


Annesphamily said...

Oh Sally I love a parade but can not recall the song! This was a terrific post! Thanks for sharing. Have a terrific Blue Monday! I hope the week is wonderful too! Hugs Anne

Jeanne said...

Hi Sally, I like to watch a parade on TV. HA! This celebration looks like a fabulous time. I would go if I could. Fun times.

It's late so goodnight Sally. Happy dreams my dear friend.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Haha, my dad used to sing that all the time.

Funny- we just watched the 2 part newest Treasure Island (with Eddie Izzard) and I think it is the best pirate movie I have ever seen.

My hubs and I have had a chance or two to see old pirate haunts in the Caribbean - what interesting stories!

Thank you for hosting.

Cathy said...

Looks like a lot of fun, Sally, on a beautiful day. I don't much like crowds anymore either. Better to watch at home. Hope you have been doing well.

Liz said...

Looks so fun.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I'm with you! I really don't like crowds either! But I do love seeing a parade somehow! Love the variety of pirate costumes in your photos!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting each week!!
What a great post!!


Hootin Anni said...

A Pirate themed!!!

Lina Gustina said...

So festive and colorful. Pirate costumes look interesting.
The same here Sally, like watching parade but don't like between full crowds.

Julie said...

You know, I think I do remember that song.

Marice said...

What a fun parade!

Happy Blue Monday Sally!

Chubskulit Rose said...

That sure looks fun to watch!

bj said...

Hi, Sally...gosh, this looks like such fun! I love a good parade and would rather be there in person to watch it and feel all the fun and excitement. When our grands were all little, we went to every parade we could find. :)
Have a blessed week.

Anonymous said...

Great blue pictures! I sure wish it was warm enough for a parade where I live. I'd even settle for the blue skies! It's cold and cloudy here. Ah, well spring will come in time. Happy Blue Monday!

Laura said...

looks like a whole lot of fun Sally!

Gillena Cox said...

Happy Monday; your parade photos are so lively

much love...

Visits With Mary said...

I love a parade, this one reminds me of the Shrimp Boat parade in Seabrook/Kemah Texas! Happy Blue Monday

Anonymous said...

That looks like a lot of fun! But I think you do get a better view from home. I don't like to be in crowds much, either.

HansHB said...

Great colours of blue!
happy Blue Monday to you!

Anni said...

I'd love to see a parade like that if Captain Jack Sparrow was about ...

Happy Blue Monday!

Hazel said...

I enjoy watching parades. This one looks very joyous with all the colors.

LadyD Piano said...

Yep, my daddy and I knew that song well! Looks like all five of my grandbabies are missing out on some Pirate Parade fun but I'm with you Sally... comfy at home watching the floats go by!

Gerald (SK14) said...

don't know the song but it sounds like it was a great event to witness

Leovi said...

Yes, interesting, I like that boat, precious pictures.

Sue McPeak said...

I'm with you, Sally...TV Parade watcher, although I have participated in parades as a Twirler many years ago...that was fun, too. What a FUN FUN parade to see either in person or on the Pirate Theme and all the costumes. Looks like FUN! Thanks for hosting Blue Monday...I love it!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I saw all the reporting on the looked like so much fun!!!!

Unknown said...

Looks like so much fun but like you I'd rather watch it away from the crowd :-)

My name is Riet said...

Parades are wonderful, I love them. This one looks full of fun.Happy pink Saturday

Blondie's Journal said...

I don't remember the song but I do love parades. We try to go to the Christmas Parade in downtown Chicago. We usually freeze but it's so much fun!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sally! Oh, Mr. Precious loves them too. He loves them too much! Any time he hears there's a parade somewhere, guess what? We go! Now that song is stuck in my tiny head! :)
Hope you're being a good girl! ;)
shelia ;)

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

I do love a prade! Glad to be back after a long break. Blessings, Debbie

joyh82 said...

I think I prefer watching them at home too. Went to a lot of parades when my daughter was in marching band it was always a little too loud and crowded for me.

EJ said...

HI Sally, thanks for alerting me about my address. I did not realize I included that one in the photo, so thank you so much! I fixed it now.

xinex said...

I sure remember the Gasparilla event in Tampa but I don't remember ever going to one.....Christine

Unknown said...

This would be a parade for my 5 year old grandson. He LOVES pirates:) Thanks for sharing!

Jackie McGuinness said...

This sounds like a lot of fun!

Maria's Space said...

I have never been to a parade in person other than some local ones. As for the big ones, on TV would be better.

Those are great photos of random blue.

Not sure how I screwed up my linked name, it looks crazy.

dix said...

Sally! I LOVE a parade up close and personal! Of course, I'll take a parade any way I can get one! LOL...on TV or movie, too! Thanks so much for sharing the fab parade from Tampa! (don't know what goes wrong with Mr. Linky,,frustrates me sometimes...but tried again!) Thanks for having us join your "party"!...dix---

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

What a fun idea for a link party! Thanks for letting me join!

MTN MAMA said...

Was so glad to find your blog. Thanks for such a happy, upbeat Blue Monday!! I have always loved parades, especially small town parades with lots of fire trucks and whistles.
Stay True Blue,
Mtn Mama

Schotzy said...

I lvoe a parade, too.. I love the excitement of the throng... and when the bands pass by, often times I cry.... I always cry at air shows too, or fly overs at the football games.....

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

thank you for hosting, and visiting my blog !
take care,

Zizi Santos said...

Sim, eu gosto de desfiles.
Em minha cidade o desfile mais famoso é o Carnaval. Você conhece?
Eu prefiro ficar em casa também.
O desfile na sua cidade foi magnifíco.

Judi said...

Hi Sally *hugs*
WHAT a fun parade and right from the ships..*s*... lots of blue colour for sure and lots of smiles too.
I agree with you, I'd rather watch on TV too. When its a Christas parade I like to stand out there for a little bit because it feels more festive being out the cold...shivering..*s*...but otherwise the view is great from home.

Hope you have had a great week.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a fun looking parade!!!!