National Peanut Festival
parade in the fall. My scout troop would head down early to set up and rent out seats, then we'd spend the rest of the parade waiting for the payoff that lay at the end of the seemingly endless stream of politicians, high school bands and plastered-smile beauty queens being pulled by tractors.
Finally, the cement truck would come into sight. However, instead of being filled with cement, it was filled with the festival's namesake: peanuts. At this point, the entire parade audience would rush out into the street to grab as many free peanuts as you could fit in a scout hat, bag or just the lower half of a T-shirt. The key was to hurry up before the final appearance. The horses made any remaining peanuts undesirable.
And on that note, I won't be attending the 56th Annual Nashville Christmas Parade, which begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. downtown. But if you are and you'll be out east I-40 way tomorrow afternoon, you can avoid the downtown parking hassle by taking the Music City Star.
This isn't a special train service like the embarrassing July 4 Fireworks Express debacle*. It's just the usual Friday service, which features a late train that departs downtown at 9:30 p.m. (The rest of the week, the 5:45 is your last chance to escape downtown via rail.) Take advantage of the free parking at one of the outlying stations (Lebanon, Martha, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage or Donelson) and enjoy a leisurely ride that helps support the continuation of my preferred commute to work. See musiccitystar.org
for specific departure times and more info.
*Potential riders needn't worry that they'll be left at the station due to overwhelming demand. The Christmas Parade just doesn't have the draw of the Fourth of July, and unfortunately, lower gas prices seem to have driven some riders back to their selfish and antisocial ways of private internal combustion commutes. Asses.
I don't really care for parades, though I do have fond childhood memories of Dothan, Ala.'s