Are You To Old For Parades?

@kelly60 (4548)
United States
July 4, 2007 12:52pm CST
Today is the Fourth of July. All over the US, there are parades and fireworks celebrating Independence Day. Even though I enjoy watching the parades go by, my two youngest boys are 13, and 14 years old and think that they are to old to enjoy them. What do you think? Are you to old for parades?
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• United States
4 Jul 07
i think the older you get the less you like them. however the kids like them so we will be going to see one today
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
4 Jul 07
It's mostly my teens who don't like to go. Some of us adults go through our second childhood and enjoy the parades again.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
5 Jul 07
well i love parades... and i think when it comes to parades everybody becomes children again. parades are for children of all ages, its like christmas its for 1 to 92 years old kids lol.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I don't think your age should make a difference either. I think that it is more your attitude than your age. If not, than I guess that I am more of a kid than my kids are because I seem to enjoy it a lot more than they do.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
11 Jul 07
well if your kids are teens that can be understandable for they act like they are adults. but once they get over that teens wanna be feeling they will soon enjoy parades again.
@racheld (840)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I asked myself this same question about three months ago. Our neighborhood was having its good neighborday parade and I attended with my parents. I'm 23 years old and I enjoyed myself. Some of my family was there and of course my parents friends, and we had a nice time. There weren't too many little ones by us, but it was hysterical watching my mom throw some elbows towards the little kids in order to get the candy. Just kidding. But she was going after the candy. My point is, its all about how you make it. Of course the older crowds will usually stand around and drink, while the younger crowds made mad dashes for the candy and then the teenagers mainly go to see who they know there. I don't think you are ever too old for a parade!!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
11 Jul 07
You are right, each age group generally has their own part of the parade that they enjoy the most. I'm not sure why my boys didn't want to go to the parade this year. Maybe their friends told them they weren't going or something. Maybe next year they will want to go again.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
6 Jul 07
I don't think your ever too old to enjoy parades - I do think different ages we may enjoy different parts of the parade. Before we moved last month we lived on Main St. and we had the perfect spot to enjoy the parades - our shady front porch. Memorial day I was busy taking as many pictures as I could while my 16 year old son was in the living room claiming no interest in the parade. He changed his mind when he glanced out the front door and saw 1 of several corvettes in the parade. He then stood inside the door watching for all the old and new cars but where none of his friends could actually see him watching - too funny.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
11 Jul 07
That would get the interest of my kids too. They love cars, both new and old. I think they would also enjoy it more if they could watch it from home instead of having to go out and stand along the streets of town. I know I would enjoy it more if I could watch from my front porch.
• United States
4 Jul 07
Our local parades focus on the showing off of fire trucks. How many do we really need to see in one day? The only time the parades in our town are great is when there is a huge reason to celebrate, be it historical or other. On the other hand. I would love to go to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. That is one parade that I had always watched over the years. When I became an adult and was getting the feast ready, I would turn on the television and watch the parade from the kitchen.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I enjoy the first half of the parade much more than the second half. All the good stuff is at the beginning, and then come the fire trucks, ambulances, and local trucking company. This is when we break out the ear plugs because it gets pretty loud at the end. The kids used to enjoy the fire trucks because my sister and her husband were both on the fire department so they would ride in the truck with their kids, but since they aren't in the parade anymore, we don't need to stick around for the noise. We usually take off walking to my grandmother's house when it gets to that part. I have always watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade too. It would be fun to watch it in person.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
4 Jul 07
My kids still like parades at 12 and 14. I don't mind them either now. For awhile I did not like the crowds and waiting and negotiating traffic. Now as long as it is not very hot, it can be a very nice outing for us. There is a parade in a nearby town that we go every year. We get to see the parade twice. They go through and out of town and then turn around and come back into town. They throw candy all during the parade also. It is a fun time had by all. It kicks off the day in the town where they have homemade ice cream, a dunking tank, rides for the little kids. Good food, we like the french fries. There is a bit of a playground when we begin to select out spot and spread our blankets. Fireworks end the evening and then orderly dispersal to head on home. A good time is had by all! Happy fourth to you!!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I like to get there early so that I don't have to fight the traffic. We watch the parade in town, then walk about a block to visit my grandmother for a while. By the time we are ready to leave, the traffic has cleared. We also try to go early for the fireworks so that we don't have to fight traffic and we can get a good spot. I learned long ago not to try to rush out of these things. All you do is hurry up and wait, so now I just take my time.
• United States
4 Jul 07
I don't think you're ever too old for parades! I do realize however, that there are a few years in the middle (teenage years) when there are certain things you consider "kids stuff". My kids are all teenagers (13,15, and 17). With the exception of the 15 year old, who doesn't care what anyone thinks of her, the others say they're "too old" for parades and such. They all still like to go to the fair and the fireworks though. Mostly all they do is walk around with their friends acting like they aren't interested, but I know better. I'm the one who gets hassled from the time they get up..."Is it time to go yet????". I think its just their way of trying to be more grown up and independent, and leaving the ways of childhood behind. Lucky for us, we outgrow being "too old" to have fun!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who is no longer "too old" to enjoy these things. I used to enjoy taking my kids to the parades, and now I can't talk them into going with me anymore.