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IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/23/12

Postby jweger77 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:59 pm

On a very cold (28 degree and breezy) Black Friday, members of both the MWG and RL Nar Shaddaa took part in the Crystal Lake Holiday Lights parade. We all arrived around 6:30 to get suited up in the train station parking lot. With just minutes to spare we rushed over to the starting area of the parade at the Municipal Center. Parade route was just under a mile long and snaked around through downtown Crystal Lake. There were lots of people camped out along the route and I must say just like everywhere we were very well-received. Parade wrapped up at 7:45 and we headed home. There will be video soon of the parade, and as that's made available I'll post it.
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Attendees

Jon Weger 9142(SL)- Vader
Neil Auer 3446(TK) - Stormtrooper
Cheryl Whitaker 3127(TB) - Biker Scout
Steve Szyndrowski 3502(ID) - Imperial Officer
Patrick Lewis - Jedi - RL Member (Future TK too!)

The Auer Boys - Podracer Anakin and Jawa
Denise Auer - Photographer and handler

Event was a just for fun event. No direct support of any charity that I'm aware of!

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http://s1099.beta.photobucket.com/user/MidwestGarrison/library/2012%2011-23%20Crystal%20Lake%20Festival%20of%20Lights%20parade
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Re: IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/2

Postby Rebel Doughboy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:24 pm

Tallest gathering of troops yet!
Many bothans died to bring you this post...the tearing of ligaments and almost the loss of a TK's finger...

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Re: IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/2

Postby Runnin'6712 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:32 am

ToD updated
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Re: IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/2

Postby woulf » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:57 pm

looks like you guys had fun...just know that had to be cold :shock:
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Re: IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/2

Postby jweger77 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:45 pm

I was pretty warm. I was even wearing a knit hat under the bucket. Not quite as nice for everyone else. Roughest part really was standing around in the cold getting changed. This was a really fun event that I'd love to do again next year. Hopefully I'll get it posted sooner next year. It would be even better with more troopers.
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Re: IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/2

Postby woulf » Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:07 am

Think i'd rather stick to these nice "small town" parades instead of running the streets of the big city dodging poopy :thumbs:
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Re: IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/2

Postby Schph Gochi » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:54 am

Very cool....
very, very cool!

Where I do agree that small parades are a lot more fun..
one thing did occur to me at the Thanksgiving Day Parade this year as I watched the parade for a time on State Street while we had that long wait to step off...

Bands and groups for all over the country (I saw groups from Oklahoma, North Dakota, Florida, Poland, Georgia and California...to name a few) came to Chicago to be a part of the Thanksgiving Day parade...and...at the end of the day...it is a huge honor to be asked I guess...
We take the parade for granted...but other groups do consider it a very big deal..

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Re: IL-Crystal Lake/60014-Festival of Lights Parade-Fri 11/2

Postby jweger77 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:22 pm

http://vimeo.com/channels/433312

Video from parade. We're about 8:00 in.
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