San Diego's Big Bay Balloon Parade, held in conjunction with the Holiday Bowl, was billed as "America’s Largest Balloon Parade." With that claim in mind, I headed down to see what the preparations for such a parade were like. Because the activity Life in the staging area can be chaotic, but it's interesting to see how it all comes together in the best of parades that just deal with people. Now add large balloons and a good wind and a whole new dimension is added.
To begin with, a 5K run had been scheduled before the parade, and I met a couple of the participants near the staging area.
Here is a member of the Salvation Army Band,
a member of the Pottsgrove High School Band from Pottstown, PA,
The reason for the wiener's "concern" was apparent as noontime approached.
Around that time the wind began to pick up.
To reduce the risk of the balloon being tossed around, the guides kept the balloon near the ground--thus incurring the possibility of a scraped nose for the wiener.
Woody, too, was carried along in this contorted position to prevent his flying away.