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Parade Sainted / Tainted

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We were at the Forest Lake parade on Saturday.

We could not believe the number of adults that walked right to the curbline and stood there the whole parade, in front of everyone that had chairs.

We as well as some others asked these people politely to either sit, squat or move behind the people with chairs and were told, no, we're not.

What's the deal?

For those that don't know, Forest Lake has a rule where you cannot set up chairs until sunrise of the day of the parade.

It used to be 2-3 days before the parade people would start putting tarps out to "reserve" a spot on the parade route.

Now, about 6-6:30, there's a flood of people running plastic chairs out.

Then these people just walk in front of everyone and stand there, getting candy with the kids.

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We were on vacation this past weekend. For something different (the fish weren't biting) we took our 3 kids ages 12, 9 & 7 to the parade in Park Rapids. We missed the time on the radio and actually got there an hour early. Whatever, we're here lets just sit down on the curb because old Double D forgot the lawn chairs.

As parade time gets closer, the kids get antsy and stand up off the curb for less than 3 minutes and were standing within 6 inches of it, when a family with mom, dad and 2 late teenagers sit literally on my kids feet. We said we were planning on sitting there, they just pretended not to hear us. Someone else said something, they couldn't care less.

Long story short we had to move because a 7 year old in the second row of a parade doesn't work. In the end we found another spot that was probably just as good anyhow, it just surprised me at the rudeness over something as simple as a parade.

I hope they took a water balloon in the face.

DD

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You should have bought a sno cone and "Accidently" dropped it on someones neck and then offered a hollow appology before moving on.

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I'm tired of people thinking of no one but themselves.

I go out of my way to be polite and respectful, yet (it seems) that most people couldnt care how they effect others.

I agree with Echo's snocone idea, it's about time they start to realize that the world doesnt revolve around them.

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We were on vacation this past weekend. For something different (the fish weren't biting) we took our 3 kids ages 12, 9 & 7 to the parade in Park Rapids. We missed the time on the radio and actually got there an hour early. Whatever, we're here lets just sit down on the curb because old Double D forgot the lawn chairs.

As parade time gets closer, the kids get antsy and stand up off the curb for less than 3 minutes and were standing within 6 inches of it, when a family with mom, dad and 2 late teenagers sit literally on my kids feet. We said we were planning on sitting there, they just pretended not to hear us. Someone else said something, they couldn't care less.

Long story short we had to move because a 7 year old in the second row of a parade doesn't work. In the end we found another spot that was probably just as good anyhow, it just surprised me at the rudeness over something as simple as a parade.

I hope they took a water balloon in the face.

DD

The worst part about something like this is the Catch-22. On the one hand, by moving to a different location you reinforced their bad behavior and so they learned that they can get away with it and will continue to be jerk-baits. On the other hand, if you stood up to the barbarians you would have come across as selfish fools willing to fight over something so trivial as a spot to watch a parade from. Chances are by society standards of today, you made the right choice. What do you suppose would have happened if they tried the same stunt 100 years ago? My guess is they would have found themselves face first on the street. But, we're more civilized today, right?

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Like when there is a set of bleachers and a group walks in and stands at the railing or fence? smile I try to be polite while letting them know they are blocking the view for everyone else.

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I dont know the proper etiquette when it comes to parades and all and I sure dont condone people standing in front of others.

By setting up chairs one obstructing movement of a crowd and and also saying to others this is my spot I am special and get out of my way I dont care about the guy stumbleing over me.

2 sides to a view you may think chairs are ok at a parade others may not but it should not give the standers the right to be rude even if their view is different. On the other side the sitter should relise his obstruction to a free flowing crowd.

We as a society are losing our tolerances of others and only thinking of ourselves and that is not good.

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Around here, the chairs are farther back in lawns, giving the curb areas to people on blankets, and to children. I don't see people sitting in chairs blocking the flow of pedestrians, since the sidewalks are left open. Maybe that is the difference between small towns and larger communities?

When my family goes to parades, we always bring a blanket to sit on, and leave the chairs to those who cannot sit on the ground due to age or physical problems. The only exception to this is our hometown parade, which goes in front of my father-in-law's house. He has pine trees, and the needles are painful if sat upon... blush

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Our town added an ordinance against excessive yard drinking due to the number of incedents involving heavily drinking before/during/ and after our cities parade. frown

I was also at a parade where the fire department had to crank up the hoses on the truck to combat some over agressive home owners that had turned on their garden hose and were using it against the truck. The home owners backed of really quick.

One draught year, the parade participants used my mothers side lawn that was brown, and it really messed up her yard. I tried to comment about it, and was ignored.

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It's sad the lack of consideration from folks these day.

Common courtsey seems to be as rare as common sense. I really think the two go hand-in-hand. Some of those same j-holes / morons that would just about sit on a kids foot to squeeze in on the kid's spot are the same people that could trip you and beat you to the floor.

On a side note, does it seem like the local dentists are financing these parades? laugh My kid got almost as much candy at the Ely and Babbitt parades as she does for Halloween! laugh

I do have to say though, we have been to the parades in the two mentioned towns and have never had any experiences like the bad ones described. It has actually been just the opposite. Parents have made sure their kids are decent about letting the littler kids get a share of the candy and prizes tossed out.

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Casey - As Charles Kuralt once said in his book about his favorite places in America:

"People from Minnesota are nice. (He goes on to list 5-6 examples) The further away you get from the big city, the nicer they are. Ely is about as far away as you can get. In Ely, if your name is Charles, everyone calls you Chuck." smile

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