Parade Ground

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009, 4:10 pm

I have one big problem with parades–all the people. Parades would be great if they were invite-only, with special VIP sections set aside for folks like me. But they aren’t–it’s first-come, first-served, and I’ll be damned if I was gonna go dahntahn at like 3AM to get a spot by the stage. I parked over on the North Shore and crossed the Allegheny into town. I figured I’d wander around, take a few pics, enjoy the parade.

And that’s pretty much what I did, except that it was hard to get any good shots with tens of thousands of people waving Terrible Towels in my face. After the team rode past me on Grant Street there was no way I could fight my way through the crowd to see or hear the team up on stage. Short of brandishing a chainsaw, anyway. So I gave up and went home, rather an anticlimactic end to the day. I’ve been kinda emotionally flatlined since Super Sunday–at volleyball Monday night everybody was operating at 33rpm. We were sitting at the bar, staring at our beers, no one saying anything. Everyone totally beat.

So I froze my ass off standing around waiting for the parade to start, and I found a spot standing on a concrete planter about 10 feet from the road. I figured it would be a good perch to get shots above the crowd, and for the most part it was. You could tell that someone was coming as the Terrible Towels started twirling down the way. It was Mike Tomlin, Triumphator, marching down Grant Street. Not standing in the back of a truck, no, he strode down the road with a huge smile on his face and waving to the crowd. Really cool, walking instead of riding like everyone else. Unfortunately that meant I could barely see him and couldn’t get a pic. James Harrison also walked past us carrying the Lombardi trophy and Santonio Holmes did the same with the MVP award, so I couldn’t see jack. Frustrating, but they didn’t consult with me before planning the parade.

Anyway, here’s a few pics. A typical understated Steeler fan:

Here’s what I said about 20 times before the final drive:

When I’m out taking pictures for fun I try to keep in mind that there are times when you should lower the camera and enjoy what’s going on. Ben Roethlisberger carried a camcorder around 24/7 in Tampa and kept it up during the parade. Couldn’t get a single decent shot of him. Hey Ben, there are 350,000 people cheering for you. Why not watch what’s going on instead of filming it to watch later? Couldn’t these guys have someone tape it all FOR them? The same goes for our Mayor, standing next to the Steeler QB. You BOTH need to tape it? Why?

But I’m being curmugen…curmuginl…I’m being a whiny ungrateful pain in the ass. Still can’t believe the Steelers won the freaking Super Bowl. Unreal.

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One Response to “Parade Ground”

  1. Darcy Says:

    Curmugeon? There is no version of that word that looks right. The people IN the parade carrying camcorders? That’s kind of unforgivably lame.

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