Back when I played in the Marine Corps Band at Parris Island, we participated in a lot of parades. Even since we've moved to Croatia I've played in a few. But Sunday marked the first time in a long time that I've attended a parade as a spectator. I'll tell you, it's a lot more fun to stand in the shade with your kids and take pictures than it is to dress up in a stuffy uniform and march a couple miles.
Orahovačko Prolječe is the annual celebration of our town. All the grade-school students march in the parade, making it a traditional event most everyone attends because they were in the parade when they were a kid. Even some traditional folk groups from other parts of Croatia participate.
The last couple years, it started raining just as the parade started. But this year we had clear skies. Here are some pictures from the 42nd Orahovačko Prolječe parade: