Tyler and I were watching news coverage of a disaster somewhere (I forget where but it's possible these are from around the time of Hurricane Katrina) and we decided to act out a relief effort. Of course we only had ONE town, so the mission became one of airlifting supplies and rescue workers from the airport.
The parade wound through most of the major streets in town. At that time the town was very long and skinny with only a two streets that stretched the entire length of town and a third that went along the waterfront. The route for the parade started at the airport and went out along one of these streets, back on the other and the waterfront street was completely closed for the town block party.
first generation TV station, beachfront hotel, office building and one of the earlier hospital designs. All of these have been dramatically changed and improved since.
reconfigured into sidecars for the current motorcycles. You can also see the first police cruiser here, absent some of the decals and markings it would later get.
first department's ladder trucks. If we'd had a properly sized American flag we'd have hung it here!
The jail van had not been built yet. The white house on the right was an early version of the Hot Rod Club.
ambulance in the background was later converted into one that would better fit on our narrow streets.
our current buses (fan favorites in their yellow color with the red/blue stripes and tinted windows). Back then there was one bus that was red and blue and quite crude-- you can see it going around the turn here.
At the end of the parade, all the rescuers gathered on the closed waterfront street (years before the boardwalk was created) and were joined by the rest of the town's people. Various people gave speeches-- like the mayor, obviously-- from a stage that was built at one end of the street. The highway department was in charge of portable power back then and you can see their white and blue trucks and generator trailer parked behind the stage.
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