On, July 4th, 2005, I joined Single Volunteers of DC (SVDC) and marched in America's 2005 Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC. We helped with the Magic School Bus and Woody Woodpecker helium balloons.
The parade started at 11:30 am and traveled down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street. In addition to the Magic School Bus and Woody Woodpecker balloons, there was also a Thomas The Tank Engine, Uncle Sam, and two Uncle Sam's Hat balloons in the parade.
SVDC Volunteers meet on the mall and wait to learn what we get to do.
Inflating the Magic School Bus balloon
Inflating the Woody Woodpecker balloon
The Uncle Sam balloon
Inflating the Thomas the Tank Engine balloon
SVDC volunteers hold on to the Magic School Bus balloon while others help with the Woody Woodpecker balloon.
The group of balloons on the Mall
SVDC volunteers waiting in the shade under the Woody Woodpecker balloon.
Time to get in line and get ready for the parade to begin.
We were in line in front of the Thomas The Tank Engine balloon.
The parade begins, the Uncle Sam balloon was the first balloon in the parade.
Entertainers from the USO join the parade.
Looking back towards the Thomas The Tank Engine balloon
I was helping with the Magic School Bus balloon and we were the second balloon in the parade.
Look mom, we're on TV. They had a large jumbotron TV set up on the steps of the National Archives. You can see the Magic School Bus balloon on the screen.
Mike Becvar helping with the Magic School Bus balloon.
Hundreds of people were lined up along the parade route.
Helping with the Magic School Bus balloon
We finished early and had time to watch the rest of the parade. About an hour later, the rest of the SVDC volunteers walked by with the Woody Woodpecker balloon.