So, I'm going to make a post with pictures of the parade, but first I want to talk about chairs.
Way back on Monday, I saw the first ones.
These were out in front of the little market. Did I mention it was Monday? That was still June!
As the week went on, more chairs appeared.
By yesterday, there were rows and rows of chairs.
The town went chair crazy. None of them were really chained or anything, just tied together or draped with police tape. I think that was more to save extended space than to warn people off.
As I was walking up the street yesterday, SUVs were pulling up and unloading dozens of chairs each. Obviously, this wasn't just the locals being grumpy about their parking spots being taken over by the parade. This was bigger.
Indeed, one of my teammates sent me an LA Times article:
One day each year, this beach town of less than 3,000 residents becomes among the most populous places on the Central Coast.
Some 30,000 people show up for a parade featuring floats that locals have worked on for at least two or three days before the event, children doing cartwheels and — when they aren't otherwise booked — marching bands.
30,000 seems like it might be a high estimate, but it was crazy crowded this morning in Cayucos. This was shot today where the first chair picture was taken:
And the town seemed to absorb it okay, really. Everyone I saw was smiling and cordial. (We'll see how tonight goes after a day of drinking.) I think the layout of the town helps. Down here by the beach, the streets are a whole lot wider than up in Nevada City. We're just generally spread out more. And, of course, the beach absorbed a lot of people, too, once it was over. All in all, not a bad deal.
And several folks went the extra mile. If you're going to go to the trouble of reserving a spot, might as well make it nice:
Oh, and sadly, I was disappointed he bothered to save a chair but never showed up:
Parade and sand castle pictures later.