Arbella Alums perform in Thanksgiving Parade 11.19.11

Arbella Alums perform in Thanksgiving Parade 11.19.11

For a nauticalia buff and drum corps nut such as myself, America’s Hometown Thanksgiving celebration in Plymouth has it all!  The sea, old ships, food festival, period re-enactments, AND drum corps??? The only thing missing was a nautically-themed drum corps (which we will rectify next year!).  It was fantastic to see the effect each corps had on the crowd, and to see our Alums who still marching.  We had the perfect spot, right across from the VIP tent on the hill, so we saw every group perform and with unobstructed views to boot.  Sadly I could not take nicer pictures of the parade for our site… as nice as the hill was, it was very steep and my camera did cartwheels….all the way to the sidewalk…you can get the idea of how bad that could be from these mobile phone pictures…we were pretty high up!

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There's Rita (Cram) Sweeney in the Defenders color guard!

The lineup was The Bridgemen, The Crusader Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, Defender, Rockland, MA, Hawthorne Caballeros, Les Diplomates, Park City Pride, Reilly Raiders, Westchester Brassmen, St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights.  They were all sporting large ranks, which I find amazing given they came from all over… PA, NY, NJ, CANADA….. and with everybody’s crazy work and family schedules….   The level of commitment to corps does not dullen with the passage of time or age, that’s for sure!  It was inspiring to see.

Unfortunately soccer prevailed and we couldn’t stay to see the evening concert with all of these corps, but I’m sure Doug, Joel, Rita can fill us in on how fabulous it was, I’ll leave the comments open.

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That's Doug Gonya, tall soprano in the first row, right

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  • Grace
    Posted at 04:06h, 29 November Reply

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