Remember the parades of decades past? A person used to be able to stand along the curb to watch parades without the fear of getting wet, unless of course rain was in the forecast. These days people armed with high-pressure squirt guns and buckets of ice-cold water stand ready to get people soaking wet – even if they are wearing contact lenses or something that would be ruined by water. Not everyone finds this funny or acceptable. Read on to find out what to expect.
Parades Have Changed Into Water Pranks
Last year I took my young daughter and nephew to a local parade, and I wore a pair of white shorts. This must have been a water-themed parade because every fifth or sixth rolling display seemed to include overly enthusiastic people armed with high-powered water guns, water balloons and big buckets of water. This is one of the major ways that parades have changed, and not for the better.
I locked eyes with a guy on one of these rolling water carts that seemed senseless in every way, and I immediately knew by the expression on his face that he was going to send a bucket of water my way.
Before I could utter a sound, a huge wave of cold water hit me directly in the face. It literally took my breath away, and I gasped for air. The cold water was also a shock. I could not believe what had just happened and how previously harmless parades had changed.
Although the water felt good once I could breathe again, it made my white shorts somewhat transparent, and my underwear was visible beneath the now semi-transparent material. I felt as if I had been unfairly attacked. I certainly did not ask to be hit with ice cold water. In the end my eye makeup was literally running into my eyes and down my face.
What is the matter with people these days? They feel the need to be politically correct, but they are ruder, cruel, impatient and unkind. They find humor in embarrassing others and attacking them in seemingly harmless ways, but this should not be allowed for a number of obvious reasons that do not require further explanation.
Save Room in the Recycling Bin
Parades have changed in other ways too. A family used to be able to stand or sit at the curb and simply watch it all go by. These days parades have changed because people are passing out all sorts of junk from fire and brimstone religious tracts to political pencils. They hand these items to the kids because kids are willing to take absolutely everything. They do this in the hopes that parents will pay attention to the junk. Towns need to provide recycling bins at parades. When I got home this is where it all ended up anyway.
Stay Away from the Kids to Avoid Injury
Remember when participants in parades would toss out a few lollipops and wrapped pieces of bubble gum now and then? These were real treats because they were rare. People are spoiled these days, and the practice of tossing out candy has also changed. Parades now seem more like Halloween. Unfortunately the kids are more aggressive than ever, and their parents are often just as bad. They behave as if they never get candy, and some would push a frail old lady out of the way for a mini bag of Skittles or a chocolate tootsie roll.
Be sure to stay away from groups of kids and their over-zealous parents to avoid a disaster and certain irritation. Parades have changed into candy tosses that go far beyond a few lollipops. Kids these days are literally pushing each other out of the way in an attempt to get it all. Adults that act more like children are grabbing the candy too. Acts of kindness and sharing are rare.
Parades these Days are Walking Advertisements
Parades still include the Veterans and charitable groups that make them well-worth attending. These people deserve the utmost respect, but many other participants are not in it for the right reasons. Entrants have to pay a fee, but this is cheap compared to other forms of advertising. The parades of yesteryear have changed because these days they revolve around the almighty dollar instead of entertainment and fun. Just like television commercials, this is something I do not care to watch.
Be sure to read my other article on how parades have changed over the years. Those that have not noticed the changes are probably too young to realize how they have evolved into cheap methods of advertising and candy grabs that are anything but fun for all.