The city of Ralston has a parade every year on the Fourth of July. People camp out hours before the start of the parade to get a good seat.(click on any photo to see a larger image, or try the Slideshow button.)
This little guy is decked out for the occasion.
I don't know these kids, but they yelled "Hey Mister, Take our Picture!"
Do you suppose this collie is looking forward to the parade?
This car wasn't part of the parade, but was parked along the route.
This is the last time these guys will relax until they hit the other end of the parade route.
The politicians take advantage of the huge crowd. They all had their campaign workers passing out stickers.
These guys led the way...
...closely followed by these guys.
Ben and Diane Nelsen did a little campaign work. His opponent's sign is in the background.
The city council members rode in style.
These were the first of the antique cars.
Ralston High was the first of several bands in the parade.
Free candy for the kids.
These fellows marked the beginning of the fire engines.
There are always a lot of fire engines, both modern and antique.
Here's one of the antiques.
A cameraman from a local television station is getting a low angle shot.
The firemen gave out flags instead of candy.
Things got a little backed up as the parade rounded the curve.
These guys had a great view.
The sirens were a little too loud for a few of the kids.
Just because they are in a parade doesn't mean they aren't ready to go to work.
Another group sitting up high.
A slightly newer antique.
These guys had a conversation with the kids below while the parade was paused for a few minutes.
The chamber of commerce float.
Sometimes you have to take a risk to get the picture just the way you want it.
One of the many clowns.
Another clown entertains the kids along the way.
The Shriners always have several units in the local parades.
There are a lot of cameras at these events.
Your sitting pretty low when you can look up to a two year old.
The family in the tent had the right idea. They brought their own shade.
The Keystone cops always squirt the crowd with their fire extinguishers. This guy turned the tables on them. He had his garden hose ready to go.
Papillion's new high school sent their band.
One of the moms snaps a photo while the parade takes a short pause.
Here's my friend Ray...
...and his wife MaryJo.
The smallest band in the parade sat in the back of a pickup truck.
A few more clowns.
A local air conditioning guy had the right idea. The A/C unit on his truck provided a cool breeze for the crowd.
My vote for strangest float of the day. A spinning class atop a flatbed trailer.
These brave dancers did the jitterbug along the entire parade route.
A unit made up of several restored tractors.
These guys spend a lot of time making the old tractors look new again.
I'm sure these racers were hot.