On July 4th, 2007, for the third year in a row, I joined a group of volunteers from Single Volunteers of DC (SVDC) and helped with the large helium balloons in the Washington DC Independence Day Parade. This year, we helped with the Curious George helium balloon.
We arrived at 9:30 am and had to wait until 10:00 am to enter the Mall. Once on the Mall, we were put to work right away helping inflate the Curious George balloon. Helping, basically means holding on to the ropes and making sure the balloon doesn't float away.
Four of the SVDC volunteers holding their lines while the Curious George balloon is inflated.
Some of the SVDC volunteers helping to inflate the Curious George balloon.
SVDC volunteers sitting
Curious George helium balloon fully inflated on the Mall with some of the other balloons in the background.
Two SVDC volunteers sitting in the shade below the Curious George balloon.
The other helium balloons on the Mall before the parade.
We were the first helium balloon in the parade. The parade traveled down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th. We started walking down the parade route at noon. Several times during the parade, we spun the balloon around in a circle to entertain the crowds.
The SVDC volunteers walk the balloon to the beginning of the parade route and prepare to walk in the parade.
Mike Becvar and Nancy walk in the parade.
The SVDC volunteers entertain the crowds by spinning the balloon in a circle.
The Curious George helium balloon carried by the SVDC volunteers.