Thursday, April 15, 2010

Merrie Monarch Parade

The Merrie Monarch Parade was Saturday. It's just one small part of the annual Merrie Monarch Festival, a hula and Hawaiian heritage event, that's held in Hilo each year. I've heard about it since I moved to Hawaii, but had never been on the Big Island for it. This year we were here and able to attend.Mustered up beforehand. We were number 32 in line, so we didn't have to stand around for too long.KISKA was right behind the visiting US Navy Frigate, USS CROMMELIN, and the Navy Band. The crowds lined the street...way more people attending than the Veteran's Day Parade.Here's BM3 Brian Goracke (very, very soon to be "Dad" Goracke!) in the foreground. The Hilo Chapter of the Navy League provided the wonderful flowers that decorate the truck and small boat. Neal and Marilyn Herbert have been my main points of contact and are so helpful and generous! President David De Luz stopped by while we were setting up too, to make sure we had plenty of water and didn't need anything else. Awesome support!I love the ginger flowers crossed on the grill of the truck. XO, manning the starboard side.
BM2 Neal Bueno and MK2 Moises Arevalo, sharing some aloha. They're geared up in law enforcement gear.Sorry this one's kinda fuzzy, but you can see the Navy Band pretty well, and the dark, looming rain clouds that threatened to dump rain all morning.BM2 Bueno and MK2 Arevalo again, with ET2 Christopher Konyha, SN Ryan Andres and SN Mike McKinstry, all chillin' in the boat.The rain held off until very nearly the end of the walk for us, but then it DUMPED on us! But, being Born Ready and Semper Paratus, we were all prepared with our rain gear, modeled here by FS2 Ed Stickel.

I don't have any good photos of the rest of the floats or participants. One of my favorite parts of the Merrie Monarch parade is the beautiful women on horses all dressed up with leis. My friend, Jane, over at North Shore Notes has some nice pictures, here.

1 comment:

JulieAnn said...

Aren't the Hilo Navy Leaguers wonderful?