The parade route was 2 miles long. It was a nice cool evening but everyone certainly got a workout. The newspaper estimated that 20,000 people had come out to see the parade! We were number 20 which was a blessing since most of the horses were behind us. Poop was a major drawback 2 years ago. The pace was brisk but manageable. We didn't have a lot of time to interact with the crowd, but we took our opportunities as they came. At one point we were told to keep our interaction to a minimum since kids were racing across the street to get hugs.
The only drama of the evening happened at the very end. They split our group in 2 and sent Carol in our support vehicle one way while all of us marchers went another. She ended up on the other side of the Rio Grande with no way to get back to us. We had no idea how to get to her. It sucked that we had to pop our tops and appear headless to a few kids, but we were wandering around in the dark. Finally we hopped on a bus which took us across the river to a park-and-ride where Kitty was able to get to us. She had to disobey a cop to get to us, but since we were dying for water, her actions were justified.
Oh, and of course there were pictures!
Having fun with the entry behind us
Tigga stole my car!
Al Bear had an unfortunate accident *lol*
Thipher and me with our handlers Ari and Tenax's dad
Al Bear chats with some homies
Ralph works the crowd
Bouncer tries to convince the crowd that he's a chipmunk and not a cat or tiger or fox
Sonar passes out the high-fives or is that a wing slap
It was Red's first time suiting in public. I think she liked performing as Abbey
Bouncer and Zuni pass out the paw shakes
Sunset down Central Ave.