This article is not concerning the music or musicians that I normally write about . . . .but today was a pretty sad day for some musicians in Dallas. I am talking about the ones who are in marching bands, with their fancy uniforms and shiny instruments, ready to entertain the citizens of Dallas when called upon, regardless of the weather. It was hard to believe, but today they had the parade that practically no one came to see. It was the parade to celebrate the opening day of the State Fair of Texas. The police put up barricades, blocking off Main Street for the procession that was supposed to begin at noon. I watched and waited for the crowd to gather, but it never happened. There were marching bands, beautifully decorated floats, clowns on bicycles and stilts, horses prancing in glittery flowing drapes, drill teams and dance teams. But there was no crowd showing any appreciation or encouragement, only a few people scattered here and there. The construction of the park, with all of the heavy equipment in use, located right at the center of the parade route, went on as usual. A couple of times the cops even let the traffic go through on Field Street between the floats. I feel sorry for all of the people who went to so much trouble to be a part of this parade. The only reason that I can imagine that this might have happened is that maybe people were not aware of the parade? How did this happen? You would think that if the city had it in the budget to appropriate the large number of police used in blocking off the streets, etc., that maybe they could have promoted the parade a little bit more. It seems like someone, somewhere dropped the ball here.
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