It was quite the spectacle. It was approximately 3 hours long... and that was without any gaps between the floats. The types of floats were a lot more diverse than I had expected. While the media makes the parades out to be like all stereotypes there are of the LGBT community, it was a lot more.. sophisticated than that. All the local news stations had floats with their news anchors riding on it, many big companies such as Starbucks, Pepsi, and Miller Lite had floats, as well as several politicians.
Candy wasn't the main item thrown from the floats as per your 'normal' parade. Almost every float had beads (I caught about 30) and many of the bigger companies threw their products from their float. I caught things such as a bag of coffee from Starbucks, a bottle of Juice from Naked, and a bag of chips from Frito Lay, and a mix cd from DJV.
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I just got back late last night from the FIRST Robotics Competition at Northwestern University, with not enough energy to write this entry till today.
We came in third place (from last) but I had a great time!
When we got there, my jaw just dropped. The setup for this competition was AMAZING. Below is a picture of the setup, one side being the playing field, the other being the pits. We were called about 15 minutes before we went to compete, and were in a constantly moving line from that point on, having an hour between events. The second an event was done, the teams were taking their robots off as the new teams put theirs on, at the same time about 20 people who were running the event were resetting the playing field. It took just a matter of minutes between events! This had to be the most organized thing I've ever seen. They also had live video feeds with flat screens throughout the stadium with score updates and standings and a quite sophisticated setup for the computer systems running the whole event.