The day’s festivities started with music by Camp Florida’s own Jammers and Singers. Several pet songs were included in the repertoire.
Parade Coordinator, Ellen Budish, welcomed the crowd (and it was quite a large crowd for such a windy day!), and turned the day’s narration over to Dave Hough, Master of Ceremonies.
Before the parade started, the United States and Canadian flags were presented, and both national anthems were sung by those in attendance.
The spectators lined both sides of Windward Dr.
As Dave read about each pet, they were walked past the crowd as they clapped, ooh-ed and aah-ed, and petted the occasional pet that strayed their way.
The event ended with lots of people eating up the delicious food prepared by Executive Chef Paul Budish and his crew, and the drawing of the 50/50 tickets.
It was a fun day, even with the fierce winds that threatened to cancel the parade. We were all glad that the volunteers stuck it out and managed everything perfectly!