The band director told everyone a month ago to start walking and hydrating to prepare for the parade. I never got started and I was a little worried about how I'd handle it, but it wasn't too bad. Actually it was pretty bad because of the humidity, but I didn't drop out and neither did DS. We actually only had two drop out: one about a block from the end, one as soon as we stopped marching.
I don't know how many kids were out on the field, but I counted 78 tubas, alone. There had to be at least 3000 musicians on the field! When they started announcing awards, I thought perhaps our band might win the "People's Choice" award because of the cheering. When someone else won it, I figured it was all over. They didn't win any of the ones I expected them to win. There was one more award, though, that I didn't know about. When they announced the President's Award, I didn't expect anything because our school is fairly new and I know there's a lot of politics in some of this stuff. Imagine my surprise when they announced our school's name. All of us band parents on the backside of the stadium went crazy.
It has been a great weekend, but I am now ready to rest and cool off. I'm still a little dehydrated and tired. DH is asleep beside me right now, but I wanted to share my good news. I leave you with a photo of DS with the newly acquired President's Cup from last night and the two of us together before the start of the parade. Notice the hat :-). 'Night all!