I love the Mermaid Parade. Even though it seems to be mostly about testing how nekkid you can get without being arrested, I still take Cheburashka to see it. The costumes are great, and any excuse to spend the day on the boardwalk is a good one. Even if it is raining.
This year a friend organized a group, and in true Iris style I forgot about it until almost the last minute, and ran out to buy a quickie costume on Friday. I bought a grass skirt & silk flowers for Cheburashka (yep- kid-sized mermaid costumes were sold out everywhere), and a pirate hat and parrot (almost typed pigeon) for me. That and my own flowy white shirt and capri pants made enough of a costume for me. I went as Wackbeard, the Half-Assed Pirate. Cheb was adorable as a hula girl.
And I'm not just saying that because I'm her mom. Someone else agreed: she was the cutest customer of the day at the strawberry shortcake stand.
I've a few photos up on Flickr here.
Yesterday we went to see Cars. I expected not to like it, because of Mater (or rather, the guy who voices that character). It was cute. I laughed (especially at the joke about being happier than a tornado in a trailer park. Was that wrong?). What I didn't like was the preview of all the animated films to come, some of which don't look interesting at all, which Cheb will force me to watch. And really, what is it with "famous" actors hogging all the animated roles? Leave'em for the voice actors who've been doing it for years and are good at it.
But then again, I liked Over the Hedge.
I think this back pain is making me cranky. Back to the sofa....