we had a mostly positive reception with 12 (maximum allowed) smarts in
the Allentown, PA St. Patty's Day Parade Sunday March 21. The weather was
great and there were thousands of people lining the streets of the
parade route. We decorated the cars with green and some of us tossed
out candy (my wife and I handed out over 25 lbs of of smarties). The
cabrios had the their roofs down and we all drove around 4 mph
two-by-two. In some instances the ovation was absolutely great. People
applauded us with raised hands saying it was good to see people who
were taking the gas and environment seriously. All ages watched from
the youngest child in a stroller to the eldest senior in a wheelchair.
many many thumbs up and lots and lots of smiles.
The rare negative (maybe 10-15%) were the usual comments about unsafe or
it's too small. Our club president at the front in his yellow cabrio
(Smart Alecs Club) would just answer that he was pedalling as fast as he
could. My wife who gets tougher every year, would say back that she
felt very safe with the rollcage and four air bags protecting her. All
of the other typical questions were being asked but what I enjoyed most
were the younger kids saying they wanted one (the candies and the car
). the saving grace
of this planet may be the young ones with any luck since so many of my
generation have turned into the "me first and only" crowd.
It was more up than down and renewed my hopes. I wish we could do more
parades. We'll be doing many car shows and cruises all summer long -
guess I'll need to buy a few more cases of smarties...