We were all getting a bit tired by then, so we walked back to where we'd left the car, over a bridge where we stopped to watch the ducks. Noah loved to see the ducks, after having had a visit to the bird sanctuary the week before. All in all, it was a lovely day watching the world through the eyes of a 3 1/2 year old again.
I couldn't believe Noah's attention span during the parade (over an hour long!) and he kept calling out "Hi" to everyone in it. At one point, someone was handing out candy on the opposite side of the street and he noticed, calling out "Hey, candy for ME!!!" It was so funny! He DID get a sucker, though, and was thrilled. He loved the tractors, the fire engines (old and new), the police pipe band, the kids on decorated bikes, the balloons, and the gymnasts. Whenever a float went by with kids dancing, he started dancing right there on the sidewalk. He was so cute! Here he is with his Mommy watching the parade. She didn't hold him up there the whole time - mostly he was just at my feet being such a good boy and not wandering off.After the parade was over, we went back to the fairgrounds so Noah could have a ride in a paddle boat. It was hard for him to understand that he had to wait his turn in the lineup, but after explaining it to him, he was very good about waiting. After his turn was over, he was rather distraught that he couldn't have another turn, but his Mommy managed to calm his tears.