Every June Weiser, Idaho hosts the Oldtime Fiddler's Festival. With every good festival comes parades. So each year the townsfolk welcome the visitors with fun & festive activities such as parades & craft sales & fair rides, which in turn gives visitors something to do in between fiddling competitions & creates the festive atmosphere.
Included in the parade are the local 4-H children parading their freshly washed & groomed animals; the animals that many of them hand raise, thus learning valuable lessons & repsonsibility. Calves, goats, sheep, maybe a Llama or two participate in the parade. What a wonderful taste of local color.
My friend Jennifer of Desert Garden Farms in Weiser & her husband are leaders of their local 4-H group and of course are instrumental in coordinating the parade entries. It's a family affair for them; parents, children & even their own animals.
So we were "talking" on Ravelry and got on the subject of parades & festivals & etc. And I got to thinking "wouldn't it be fun to collect beads from our Mardi Gras & send them to the children to throw at their Fiddle Fest parade"? And so a scheme was born. I think the kids are going to love it. And I don't know about you but there's something about wearing garishly bright beads that just makes me feel festive!