Val and Barb came over to join us for the parade downtown, so we set out and found a place to sit and watch, along with about 8,000 others. We sat just about one row back, but people constantly shifted and after a few minutes we had a view that was undisturbed.
There were firetrucks, color guards, little motor cars and horses, balloons, bands and politicians. The hogettes were there (ugh) along with the Washington Redskins Marching Band as well. I was really impressed with the National Firemens Association, part of the AFL-CIO, which had a few hundred firemen in their dress blues show up and march. The whole parade lasted about two hours.
Afterward, we went to Noodle, a few blocks away and had lunch and then stopped by Starbucks to get Kate and Val a cool latte.
Jack had a great time and even caught a short thirty minute nap in the middle of the parade and then woke up and was good for the rest of the time. It was a little hot, but did very good in the heat and we were sure to keep him hydrated.