MASON CITY – Saturday was a wonderful day for the 2012 Band Festival Parade in Mason City. Crowds of people everywhere. The full stretch of East State Street was packed, four or five deep with onlookers and Band Fest regulars waiting for the parade to start.
At 10:00 AM the sound of the Mason City High School Band was heard, making it’s way south on North Pennsylvania Avenue. They were followed by the many bands, kings and queens, floats and people representing North Iowa businesses and organizations.
The weather, what can we say about the weather? At ten o’clock we had cloud cover, but shortly after the sun was beginning to peak out. The sun was nice, not too hot, but wait, is that sprinkles everybody was wondering. Yes, sprinkles enough to dampen the area from one mysterious overhead dark cloud. The wind picked up, twice, blowing over lawn chairs and forcing people to zip up their sweatshirts or close their spring jackets. Finally the sun came back and remained until the end of the parade.
At the corner of North Penn and East State Street, the First Baptist Church had set up a tent so they could sell goodies to the hungry and thirsty. The friendly volunteers were selling cotton candy, hotdogs, popcorn, candy bars and sodas. They were polite enough to let NIT use their truck to take better pictures of the parade.
The Band Festival Parade in Pictures… please click: http://public.fotki.com/Meyer-SpearPhotos/ and enjoy more pictures.