*Reflections from Pam Henderson a few years ago.
The 4th of July and Summer Festival parades bring back many fond childhood memories for me.
We lived a block off the parade route in Michigan City and my Grandma lived on Lincolnway on La Porte’s route, so we would save our spots – the same ones every year – at the crack of dawn. In those days, the parades didn’t start until 1:00 pm, so we whittled the hours away along the curb watching people and playing backgammon. Our parades attracted Grand Marshalls like Peggy Lennon from the “Lawrence Welk Show” and Doug Plank from the Chicago Bears. I can’t help but laugh thinking about how my cousins and I hid behind our Grandma when the Sword Man approached. As soon as we could see the Shriners down the road, that was my sister’s cue to go to the bathroom. She was terrified of him. There was always a brave soul with a watermelon for him to slice to prove that his sword was real.