Below is the video I shot from my camera in the bleachers where we sat for the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade last Saturday. It is shaky, sorry. But this group is such a crowd favorite that I thought some of you would get a smile from their performance. The video is 3:24 minutes long because that's the amount of time it takes for all of these people to march by. Be sure to watch for when I pan to the left when you can see the size of this band as it snakes to the right, having approached the street from the complex where the parade began.
The Portland Rose Festival One More Time Around Again Marching Band presented by Standard TV & Appliance (aka the OMTAAMB) is comprised of over 500 marching band fanatics who don't know when to quit! Members range in age from 18 to 85 and have all marched at some point in their life. Listen for the OMTAAMB in June as they march through the streets of Portland in the Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade and Starlight Parade and their feature performance at Concert at the Park.The OMTAAMB is made up of former high school, college and military marching band members. Members come from far away places just to perform with the band each year -- in recent years there are members who have come from California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Japan and New Zealand.
Read the full history of OMTAAB (above text from this site & I added the emphasis).
I tried something altogether different with the still shots. So we are experimenting together on this one! I actually was pleased with a few of the stills I took, some that I didn't include in the little animoto project below. I just didn't feel like weeding through gazillions of shots to select one to post, plus I've been wanting to try an animoto since enjoying them at ParisDailyPhoto, where Eric has become an absolute pro with this medium.
The ending shot is of Mike and me after lunch at Cadillac Cafe (where there is a real, very beautifully restored Caddy behind glass in the dining room). Because the shot moves along quickly I felt brave to share with you two changes in me........... I got braces in May after wanting them for decades and I have decided to let the gray grow out in my hair! I have about two inches now and I've been surprised how much I like it, what depth it has as opposed to false haircoloring. Totally shocked actually, and Mike was right about this all along. This means I need to alter the wording in my profile About Me, once I'm positive I'm committed to the change.
(About the braces, after this general announcement here, I will be sharing the 21-month-long odyssey of adult orthodontia from time to time in my other blog only!)
I'm finding that the animoto doesn't always work the first time, and when I click "refresh" then push play again, there is no problem.
Roses graphics: webweaver.nu