We went to McCall, Idaho this weekend for the McCall Winter Carnival. This is a unique winter festival with lots of activities. The centerpiece of this event is ice sculptures all around the city. Check out this link for some of the amazing work from last year’s event.
Probably the second biggest event at the festival is the Mardi Gras parade. This is not your typical parade. I haven’t been to New Orleans, but I would imagine that this parade is much more like the New Orleans version than your typical hometown parade. Many in the parade are dressed up like the folks at Mardi Gras. They throw out tons of candy for the kids and tons of the bead necklaces (at last count, we picked up 40 of them).
About mid-way through the parade, there was this big group of high school kids carrying some sort of banner encouraging people to attend a global warming awareness rally later this month. The irony of this was not lost on me. This is the winter carnival. This has been the coldest winter in several years around here. We are standing out in the frigid weather with snow coming down on us like crazy. And they are talking to us about global warming? At that point, I was hoping for some global warming. My toes were so cold they were numb. Bring on the global warming.
(Yes I know it was one particular day in one particular isolated area. Pipe down environmental freaks. It’s funnier the way I tell it.)