|Pet parade, Fiestas de Santa Fe, September 10, 2016|
It brought back memories buried in my
past. So far back that I don't recall how many years, but I vaguely
remember arriving at a big parking lot a couple blocks away from the
Santa Fe Plaza early on a September Saturday morning. I had my little girl and our dog
with me. We were participating in a children's pet
parade—part of the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe
. I felt a bit awkward
amidst the other adults and children with their animals. The animals
were sometimes almost wild with excitement at the mass gathering of
beasts . . . and I reveled at some that were in costumes!
|1949, by P Stackpole|
procession started. Clutching my girls' hand and holding the dog leash, we weaved our way around the plaza amidst all
the onlookers. It felt primitive, unabashed and wonderful.
|"Genuine Hot Dog"1949, by P Stackpole|
Today I arrived alone to witness the
same event with an all new cast of characters. I felt glad to watch
among the throngs sitting and standing along the street curbsides. It
had all the same charm.
|Pet parade, 1949, by P Stackpole|
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