STARR FREIBERG: Rude people made parade a chore, not a celebration

TO THE EDITOR:

I attended the Festival of Lights parade in Big Rapids and thought that it was very nice, with many beautiful floats, fire engines, dogs, a band and more.

The people in the crowd where I was sitting were not so nice.

I use a walker with a seat, so I got to the site at 5 p.m. knowing the parade didn’t start until 6 p.m. While I sat there, more people gathered with the earliest arrivals and small children. They sat down on the curb and entertained their children. When 6 p.m. came near, more adults arrived and that is when it became not so nice.

The adults stood in the road all the way out to the middle when the parade started. Sometimes the floats and trucks barely had room to pass without hitting them. The only small children who could see were the ones that there parents hoisted to their shoulders. I know the bigger kids wanted to be out there because of the candy that is thrown, but the adults should have known better. I finally went to the car because I could not see. I saw several people in wheelchairs and more with walkers like mine with seats and I am sure they could not see any better than I could.

I saw one woman finally take her chair to the middle and sit in it. You people were so rude! You know who you are! I hope the next time there is a parade and you do this, you get banned to the very back of the crowd so you can see how it feels.

I feel sorry for you because evidently you were not taught any social manners.

STARR FREIBERG

Big Rapids

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