BRIDGEPORT — There was no humbug, and definitely nothing ho-hum Sunday about the "Great Street Parade,' a highlight of the annual Barnum Festival.
There were horses, marching bands, beauty queens, costumed dancers, large floating balloons and authentic U.S. heroes, all of them marching down North Avenue.
The entire tableau took an hour to stream past the people lining the street or sitting on shaded porches. All along Clinton Avenue, units were practicing their steps and music for an hour before the 11 a.m. start, with some marching bands playfully "facing off' in the street.
A line of drummers from the Rochester, N.Y., Crusaders and the Connecticut Hurricanes alternated playing, then good-naturedly shook hands like
Another group in the parade was Splash Carwash which had its members in "Wash me" T-shirts carrying a large peach balloon in the air with the words "Peachy Keen" on the back of it. The float winning "Best in Parade" was for the Connecticut Air and Space Center in Stratford.
A group with a very long travel time to Bridgeport was the 2008 Atlanta CorpsVets Drum and Bugle Corps from Georgia. The corps was dressed in Hawaiian shirts and khaki pants, differing from most drum and bugle corps participating in the parade.
The Wing Ding winners float paid homage to Barnum by having a Barnum animal cracker box on it, as well as two children dressed as Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren waving to the crowd and being pulled by fake horses.