The resort was having a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Tuesday afternoon, complete with fire trucks and a marching band. We hadn’t planned on participating, but we ended up directing traffic so I had a good vantage point for pictures.
Bryce was hanging out with a big crowd at Bob & Nancy’s house, and managed to snag a green moustache and several strands of beads . . . he wore that moustache all afternoon and evening!
When the fire trucks arrived, Tom & I led them back to where the rest of the parade was gathering, and the band was warming up.
Then it was time for the parade to start!
Paul was the Grand Marshall on his motorcycle, followed by two fire trucks, and the little parade princess.
Then came the dogs . . . all decked out in their green!
We were going to let Casey ride on the cart with us, but between the fire truck sirens, the marching band, and the other dogs around, she was a little freaked out . . . so we put her back in the RV.
Next came the Dunbar High School Dancers,
and marching band.
Bringing up the rear were the decorated golf carts.
Bob was the only one with a decorated bike – and he went all-out! I missed getting his picture during the parade, but I caught up with him at the clubhouse at the end of the route!
Just as Tom and I were getting ready to meet the walkers at the other side of the park to direct them toward the club house, Tom noticed smoke coming from behind one of the RVs in front of us! Several people ran over there where the mulch on the site next door was on fire! They were trying to smother the flames, but every time they moved some mulch, flames popped up somewhere else. Finally, the guy who’s RV was right next to the mulch got his water hose unhooked from his RV and used it to put out the fire. The firemen in one of the trucks must have seen the smoke, and they quickly brought one of the trucks over, and finished making sure that the fire was completely out.
It was a little more excitement than we were looking for, but thankfully no damage was done . . . other than a little burned mulch! We still don’t know what started it though!
Over at the clubhouse, the band played a few more songs, and then everyone enjoyed iced tea and cookies as prizes were awarded for the best decorated dogs and vehicles.
Bryce posed with a couple of his biggest fans!
Bryce and Bob had matching moustaches, but Bob was losing his!
The season is winding down here in southwest Florida, and lots of people are moving out and heading home. Our road is back to looking the way it did when we arrived back in November!
As much as Bryce thought this resort was going to be too fancy for us, I think he ended up really enjoying himself here.
He and Emily became good friends, and they were both well-accepted as part of the pickleball club.
I got this picture of them the other night as they played pool – I said I needed proof for Grandma that Bryce had a friend!
Yesterday they had a “tournament” of sports against Emily’s parents – the adults won shuffleboard, the kids won pickleball, and Bryce suggested cornhole as the tie-breaker . . . that wasn’t fixed at all!! LOL
Got one last picture of them before she left for home today . . . and he finally lost the moustache!
So, things are winding down around here, but we’ve got about three weeks left before we move on . . . and we won’t be all alone; there’s a small group of people sticking around until after Easter!