The 4th of July Parade came fast for an newly organized group-see coverage below.
Since the frack spill of April 11 & 12
April 14 2015 was the FIRST city briefing UPDATE…..
Here is the second city update on June 16 2015
Here is the water testing link from Terracon from that frack spill of April 11 & 12th 2015.
And as I sat behind councilwoman, Wilemon, I doodled this during the sermon at FBCA…
This is what I was doodling in church just after that LABC spill…can’t focus on the pastor’s message…thinkn’ bout’ those LABC congregants that had to move their services away from their church during the evacuation event.
Why did we abort the protest?…Along with other strategic moves to not alienate those we wish to merely inform…..it was also the reality of some folks not wanting to be that close and downwind to fracking at LABC. The last time we got too close…two of us got nose bleeds (that lasted weeks for me-months for another person) …one of us is at MD Anderson getting chemo for leukemia, and another one of us had off the chart high red blood counts .
So today we participated in the Arlington 4th of July Parade and that was a much safer gig than taking pictures and handing out flyers near drill sites.
Heres another pic of us by photographer Paul Knudsen…
Our parade entry had two zero emission vehicles!!!
UPDATE 7/7/15 here is some correspondence on the subject of the 4th of July Parade and entry placement…
From: Kevin Donovan
To: kim feil
Sent: Monday, July 6, 2015 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [ArlingtonConservationCouncil] Parade Follow Up
Good Morning Kim,
I don’t know when ACC registered for the parade, but to answer your question about placement – it is not first come, first served. Our lineup coordinator looks at all the entries in the parade and lines them up in a manner which makes for a mix of different types of entries that (hopefully) will be pleasing and interesting to parade spectators.
As for the gas powered carts, I will share your comments with our board.
Assembly Area Coordinator
Arlington 4th of July Association
And here is a letter I sent to the Arlington Conservation group who had a series of unfortunate technical events that made them miss being allowed in the parade despite only being 5 minutes late (APD had already opened the street)…had ACC been positioned earlier in the line up, then they would have been able to be in the parade albeit at the very end…but at least all that time spent on such a beautiful float would have not been for naught….
UPDATED TO REFLECT CORRECTIONS WHERE FLICKR PIC ARE NOT YET UPLOADED FOR 2015….
From: kim feil
Sent: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 10:31 AM
Subject: Re: [ArlingtonConservationCouncil] ACC 4th of July Parade Float
The environmental group I was with was actually in float #150 of #158. My experience was that I found a tired group of diehard parade goers still in the crowd…I personally feel that in July its too hot to have high sun on people and pets mixing w/concrete and street…and then if you take the two-plus hour time to see the seemingly endless flickr pics on the 4th of July Assoc site.
It seems the association’s photographers gave up and went home too?..they stopped snapping pics at 117-ish? and I couldn’t see who was at the end of the parade to #158. I did see…
Joe Barton was #13, #9 Cluck, #5 Vandergriff, #89 atheists, #30 Mellowmushroom, #17 Zedler, #15 Wendy Davis, #21 Drs Alexander, #20 Diane Patrick, #51 Babes, #31 Elvis guys, #114 terrorplex makeup artists, #112 St Pauls, & GMO Free moms across America was in that ninety to 110 range. I saw #53 Mission Arlington, #50 TX Healthcare #19 Tinderholdt, #6? Dan Diepart bus, & #4? Candlelite Inn…
There seemed to be two sets of pics in a reverse chronological order, and then was some sporadic pics of #121 PAWS animal group, #129 a firetruck with a Viridian banner (can U rent firetrucks?), #124 Art Camp…what I found most interesting is that the Groovy Goods van with belly dancers and jugglers were a hit and their float (van) looked great…but no pics….
When I told my husband about the lack of photographer’s interest? in the back end of the parade’s entries in the 4th of July Association’s pictures, his thoughts were that people at the end weren’t important enough to be photographed?
They took our money, but not our pictures? I admit I didn’t go all the way to the end to see every sporadic added photo, * but to put it in a nice way to make you feel better….you didn’t miss much by not being in the parade if you were at the end…if that makes anybody feel less pained by the unfortunate events of your position in the parade along with the technical set backs.
I think we need two parades to shorten what the 4th parade has grown into (bigger is not necessarily better)…one for stinky floats, buses, firetrucks/vintage cars/politicions? and the other…. for those innocent (breathers in the crowds) people on foot or cycling or riding in an electric car that don’t need to breathe all that.
Me in front of my church pointing to the electric vehicle chanting “LISTEN – its quiet….SMELL – its clean…….what do you need?….(holding up and tossing back my respirator).- not THIS!”
*I went back to view the rest of the flickr pics and noticed (a prior years picture #57) was a white CHESAPEAKE truck with big lettering – “Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle”….and didn’t look like it was decorated #brokeParadeRules?
But then again natural gas interests seem to not have to (shale) play by the rules. Our town loves to promote NG – read here about that.