The theme was "Old Time Rock 'N Roll" and, of course, citrus. At least two thirds of the float had to be covered in citrus fruit. This might explain why there are so many citrus trees around here - certainly no one ever seems to eat any. It never occurred to me that they might actually be for construction materials.
At any rate, last Friday a bunch of us arrived at the float to start assembling the displays. Ten hours and 4,000 screws later and the float was ready. It was amazing! It was a 50s diner scene complete with jukebox that was crafted out of plywood and pool noodles. Someone even made giant papier mache saddle shoes. Our Park King and Queen dressed up in 50s gear and the truck drivers dressed as soda jerks. Jackie did a great job in keeping everyone focused (try getting a bunch of old people to do what you tell 'em to do - it's like herding cats!)
Long story short.... the float took first place in its category! Woohooo.....way to go Jackie!
The parade must have pleased the weather gods because we've had 2 weeks of reasonably warm weather. For the first time in two months, we can actually see sunshine. Those jukebox pool noodles are going to come in handy, propping up all the retirees bobbing in the pool. That's another phenomenon - no one swims....they just bob. Must be a Texas thing.