Pumpkin Festival Parade 09/15/07

Morton Illinois is "The Pumpkin Capital of the World" and has a parade and festival each year.
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1 Cole, Cassie, and Hanhan heading for a spot to watch the parade.
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2 A display of pumpkins in a yard along the way.
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3 People along the parade route waiting for the kickoff.
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4 The parade begins!
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5 A 1937 firetruck makes its way past us.
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6 The Morton Highschool cheerleaders are tossing candy to the crowds.
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7 Boy Scouts carrying the flag.
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8 Little princesses riding their pumpkin coach.
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9 Men in skirts, also know as The Scottish Pipers.
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10 One of the many floats we saw. The theme was 'Pumpkins go Hawaiian'
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11 The champion pumpkin, 634 pounds (288 kg)!
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12 Another float. See the 'pearls' in the pumpkin oyster?
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13 Lots of dogs in various states of dress and undress.
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14 Washington Grade School pep squad performs.
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15 Old people on parade.
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16 See how they decorated the wheelchairs?
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17 The Hammer viewing spot.
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18 Another float with kids in grass skirts.
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19 A beautiful 1955 Thunderbird.
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20 1955 Thunderbird from the back.
21 A 'Hawaiian' banjo band.
22 A brave drum majorette leading her school's band.
23 A float with body builders. Notice the strange equipment one is using.
24 Kids on the 'beach'.
25 The Illinois 'Queen of Queens'
26 Hanhan talking with Uncle Sam.
27 Hanhan and Uncle Sam pose for a picture.
28 A pumpkin volcano.
29 A soccer float.
30 Korean War veterans.
31 A Korean War era jeep.
32 The Tiki Bar is open!
33 Junior cheerleaders.
34 A happy pumpkin.
35 Little Miss Pumpkin.
36 Another antique fire engine.
37 The Coast Guard sailing down the street.
38 One of the many great high school marching bands.
39 A 1909 car still driving along today!
40 Another view of the 1909 Marion Touring Coupe.
41 A high school marching band with great uniforms.
42 Hanhan and Gary are enjoying their day at the parade.
43 An elk from a local park.
44 Coconut bra hula girl.
45 A luau on parade.
46 See the burned piggy?
47 Cheerleaders doing their thing.
48 Cheerleaders getting ready for the toss.
49 And they catch their friend.
50 A float sponsored by a local church.
51 A tumbling school took part too, we didn't get action shots.
52 Scary bats and spiders!
53 A Halloween float is scary even in daylight.
54 All the heads on the picket fence must be for the other guys dinner.
55 The final fire truck is a real one on the job.
56 Hanhan and Cole "enjoying" their carnival ride.
57 "Punkin Head" with a pumpkin.
58 Morton is indeed the Pumpkin Capital of the world!