We spent the day today in Pana, IL. Pana doesn’t have much to offer most of the time. It’s your typical small Midwest town. But every Labor day, half the state turns out for what is one of the better parades I’ve ever been to. It’s long – over 100 entries and about 90 minutes long without any big gaps. They toss out TONS of candy (most of which is still uneaten come Halloween – when we dispose of it in the bags of whoever rings our bell). And every year – for as long back as Granny can remember – the horses have been bringing up the rear of this parade. It was the 150th anniversary this year, so that’s a long time.
Today, however, there was a surprise waiting right at the end of the parade. There, marching down Locust street, behind the horses was…
A small zebra!!!
My kids were beside themselves and just thought that was the coolest thing. The zebra was stopping and letting people pet it.
“MOM!!! Zebras are so SOFT!!!” Noah was very impressed and if you know him, you can just imagine how big and wide with surprise his eyes were. It really made his day. And I must say, I’ve been to a lot of parades, and outside of a circus parade I once saw, this is the only time I’ve ever seen one with a zebra walking down the road.