Saturday, October 11, 2008
When the float bearing the Cattle Royalty arrives in front of the Court House, the Grand Parade comes to a complete stop--or at least it's supposed to. This year's driver kept going, as queens and relatives all yelled for him to slow down, and the festival director, Miss Denise, ran after the float. She managed to stop him before it was too late, but it was not easy, as she had to run while both hands held full glasses of milk. The point of stopping the parade is so that the royals may be handed big goblets of chocolate milk which they then raise in a toast to Abbeville, the Parish, and all those who have attended the festival. It's a tradition as charming as the town itself. Thank you, Abbeville--I salute you right back.