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Marching in Rose Festival Parades

I first appeared as part of the Rose Festival in the 7th and 8th grades (in 1976 and '77) as a member of the Harold Oliver Middle School Marching Band in the Junior Parade. It rained the first year, but was sunny the second!

Then I marched in the Grand Floral Parades with the Centennial Awesome Eagle Showband from 1978 to 1981. After that, I watched my younger sister from the sidelines as she marched with Centennial in 1982 and '83.

I missed it so much that when an opportunity came to join the bran new One More Time Around Again Marching Band in 1985 I jumped at the chance!

I've appeared in every Rose Festival since then! I've learned the difference between the Starlight Parade and the Grand Floral Parades -- and believe me, they are different! I've been misted on, sprinkled on, RAINED on -- and have also enjoyed beautiful skies and sunshine. (Much more sunshine than rain, thank goodness!)

I've waved at the same families -- sitting in the same places -- year after year. I always smile when I hear somebody say, "Play 'Louie, Louie' again!" I'll enjoy playing that song as long as there are requests, that's for sure!

I plan on being in many, many more Rose Festivals -- for as long as possible. And someday I just might have somebody push me along as I play my flute and blow my bubbles!

~Gail Kiely

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