Yesterday we had a wedding parade (like the one we did for the Stinger in August) for Miyazaki-san from our dragon boat team. We had great weather—great weather in December meaning 10℃ (50°F) with lots of pretty leaves blowing around—and amazing crowds wherever we went. This parade was smaller scale than usual—one convertible, eight Harleys, one X4, a Vulcan, and a big scooter as cameraman.
It being the last shopping weekend before Christmas, the streets were packed with people, so we had a great audience in a happy holiday mood, and we had some of the best crowd reactions we’ve ever had for a parade while riding through Ebisu, Daikanyama, Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, and Meguro. (Unfortunately I didn’t get any good pictures of the crowds, since I was busy entertaining them.)
In front of Harajuku station, where we got stopped at a long traffic light under several pedestrian bridges, and the crowds grew to several hundred people during the time we were stopped at the light, and then the pattern repeated at the next major intersection. The bride and groom got congratulations from hundreds and hundreds of people, and we brought a smile to quite a few faces. This is one occasion when the thunder of V twin engines is an indisputable force for good.
I don’t have anything new to say about these parades that I didn’t say in the last post about them, but it really never gets old. I finished the day with my throat sore from yelling and my arms sore from waving at people, but the smiles on the happy couple’s faces and on the people watching us go by make it all worth it.
I can’t wait until next week’s Merry Run.