Today, it's all changed.
Today it is fall. Cloudy. Dreary. More fall colors have sprung up overnight, muted.
And, it's time for one more thing. Music.
Then, it's time for fun.
After the parade, the students, their families, and their chaparones gather for a street party. There is live entertainment. Non profits sell food. Thousands of people crowd streets and nearby restaurants. You could wish downtown was that energized all the time.
Today, when my work friend and I arrived at the scene during our lunchtime, the parade long over, the band was playing "Shout (You Make me Wanna)" and energetic teens at the front of the crowd were jumping in time to the music.
"You make me wanna..." the band sang out and at the "shout" punchline, the crowd jumped. Again and again.
They didn't care about the gloom. They didn't care about the harvest and the promise of cold weather just around the corner.
One last party before the winter. One more party before school starts up again.
And tomorrow, I'll have my last Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post before the frost. Please drop by for the last of this year's outdoor flowers!