Duties of a Parade Marshall in Lahainatown

Posted by Teresa M. Nelle RS-60797 on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 12:02pm

This year I was a Parade Marshall for the Halloween in Lahaina Keiki Parade.  With the name "Parade Marshall" written across the back of my shirt, I was afraid they'd be handing me a battan and whistle - not so - I don't have that much power.  My job was to make sure none of the wee ones wandered off from the parade route.
As instructed, we gathered at the N. end of Front Street to line up for the parade.  Right on schedule for the 4:30pm start time, we began the parade at 4:50pm Hawaiian time.
The plan was that the smallest keiki by age bracket would fall in behind the Lahainaluna Marching Band.  Well, it was alot like herding cats - no organization, everyone at every age joined in the festivities, parents included.  There were so many participants you'd think there'd be no one sitting on the sidelines - not so! The streets were packed with revelers in all sorts of dress (and undress) but all in good fun.
We strolled down Front Street to the famous Banyan Tree where the keiki were able to walk across a stage, get a shout out, picture time and a small bag of candy.  A grand time was had by all and I look forward to next year!

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