Yesterday, was the annual Chasco Boat Parade, part of a spring time celebration in the town of New Port Richey, Florida. My bride hails from there and this is a chance to meet at my brother-n-laws riverside house for a great reunion feast and parade watchin' party. Pictured below are a couple of floats that DID make it under the bridge...one or two did not.
The floats ranged from big cigarette boats to decorated canoes and kayaks. Almost every other float was playing Jimmy Buffet loudly, so I was pretty much in music heaven. Borrowing from Mardi Gras, the float riders/partiers tossed beads to the cheering throng. Unlike Mardi Gras, there was no other requirement to get beads...
One boat tossed frisbees, which was really sensible since most of the float riders had a hard time getting lightweight strands of beads to the people on the shore.
This fake palm was pretty impressive engineering.
The spaceman float above may be the only one not crowded with happy party crews. One boat was labeled "Disaster Response Team" in very official letters and one assumed that was the group they represented. The crew was all bikinis and tans with a keg of beer on board, so you had to wonder...were they a disaster rescue team for people who suddenly ran out of beer, or were they demonstrating how boating disasters can occur?
It might be fun to be rescued by them...
This float was average except for the smoking volcano atop the boat. Gotta give them extra credit for that. Missing this year was the Hooters float. It was very popular last year...I think I still have the vision in my head...let me see, yes, there it is. Oh well, maybe next year they'll participate again.
Back on shore at my wonderful sister-n-laws home, a new crop of little cousins played and tumbled about, while the older ones got to go to a country music concert...Keith Anderson, Chad Brock, and Blake Shelton. They had special seats thanks to their "connected" uncles and they were thrilled. It was a busy day. The food menu at the house went something like this:
Perfectly fried skinless, boneless filets of mullet, Mom's datil pepper relish, hushpuppies, hot dogs, baked beans, Greek salad, BBQ chicken, potato salad, cookies, cake, and gallons of ice tea.
We drove down to New Port Richey with the top down on the Jeep in brilliant sunny 80 degree weather and drove home at midnight freezing our butts off in 60 degree weather...only 2 hours with a 65 mph wind...what's that windchill factor?
That's spring in Pure Florida.