As it turns out, the parade organizer here was more than accomodating. He put the girls in with The Oriental History Museum group. The girls rode the 1 1/2 mile parade route by themselves (because they are big girls now). Their only request was "Mom and Dad, please get some candy for us."
The festival is really named The Oriental Croaker Festival and it includes a dinghy sailing race, parade, beauty contests, games, music, and a street dance. The town really does a nice job with tons of activites for the kids. Most of these are free - even better. Emma and Ally really took to singing Karoke and hula hooping. Even Mom and Dad got in the hula hooping mood.
Later in the day, Jennie, Emma and Ally took a ride in a cherry picker high above the festival. A weary Snead family headed back to the boat for a rest. But not for long, off on the bikes again to see the fireworks. Finally, the kids got to bed around 10:30 for a much needed sleep.
See other pictures from the 4th (including Brian with the Hula Hoop) Slideshow below