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LIGONIER DAYS PARADE 2015
Pre-parade, Parade, Post-parade Photos
The first time I attended Ligonier Days in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, was in the mid-1990s. My daughter lived in town, and worked for Mutual Aid Ambulance Co. as a paremedic. I recall purchasing a Mutual Aid refrigerator magnet from a local craft store.
It was quite impressive, the parade and craft booths.
Since then my husband Monte and I purchased a retirement home in Laurel Mountain Borough. At the same time my daughter’s home was also purchased. It was right around the corner from us—the two homes have connecting yards with a path between the properties.
Ours was a part-time home for 2 ½ years. We moved in full-time in July 2003, and almost immediately took off for a three-month trip to New England. Since then I’ve attended most of the Ligonier Days events.
I’ve figured out where to park, and I have friends whose apartments are available for me to take pictures and take respite in. I enter town by 8:30 a. m., knowing I might not leave for home until after the fireworks, after 10:00 p. m. It makes for a long and satisfying day, where I meet new people and those I’ve come to know in our new extended community.
This year I arrived in Ligonier about 8:30 a. m., right on schedule. My friend Lois and I walked around town to see the pre-parade preparations.
While walking we met Steely McBeam, the Pittsburgh Steelers mascot. I had to have my picture taken with him to show my sports crazy son-in-law Michael that I don’t have to go to a sports event to get a hug from Steely.
I added a new activity to my Ligonier Days experience this year—volunteering an hour at the Ligonier Theater, the assignment being to sell doughnuts and hot drinks.
I decided not to remain for the fireworks, and was home around 5:30 p. m. For an old decrepit woman such as I am this was sufficient for the day. I also chose not to return for the Sunday festivities, although I was tempted to go to the 5K walk.
For today’s post I’m posting a few pre-, and post-parade photos, along with some parade photos. Enjoy