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I had an interesting email this week wondering why there weren't more youth parade photographs put online compared to the number of Warrior Challenge photos posted. My first reaction was to respond that in the youth parade, I spend a lot of time getting caption information on the pictures that I take so I'm pretty selective on what I take. But I also think I only photograph those things on the parade route that tell some kind of a story and not just any float or entry that happens by. If you compare the numbers, I published over twice as many photographs of the Warrior Challenge but comparing the events, the Warrior Challenge race had many interesting obstacles to photograph, lasted over twice as long, and collecting caption information was impossible as the people raced by me.

Here's why I photographed the subjects that I did during the parade...

tooth
I start out before the parade begins to browse the upcoming possibilities and collect names of people I might be photographing later on. I also keep my eye out for those interesting patterns and details that I can capture beforehand. Dr. Cara Schroeder's colorful Smile Bugg was decorated for the parade and during editing I noticed the girl in the background holding a "tooth."
Singing
Also before the start of the parade, I spotted Junior Royalty finalist Kami Fowler singing into her flower to pre parade music. I shot about 20 frames of her with various facial expressions as she belted out a melody to her flower.
Float
I also glean information from people who let me know about anything unusual about the parade. I found out and verified with a festival official that the junior royalty wouldn't be riding in their float - it had blown an engine the day before. So I was told the girls would be riding in the queen's float during the grand parade. I was able to get a photograph of them in the car they rode in as it passed in front of their broken-down float. From left, Jr. Princess Josefina Albert, Queen Alex Toth and Jr. Princess Katherine Loomis.
Dragon
I try to get some photographs that have some background placing where the parade is located, how many people are watching and what the weather is like. Here, I took a wider look at an entry as Charlie Wilson with Ki Fighting Concepts leads a dragon down the parade route on Orondo Street. With the many power lines that run alongside the parade route, I only have a few possible locations to do this without those pesky lines distracting the background. I thought it was interesting that the picture is at the same location where I photographed chairs that were set out too early on the parade route, violating a newer city ordinance.
Squished
Flags were a common theme in many entries so I was looking to capture that in one of my subjects and noticed Nyah Guerrero, 4, holding hands and then riding in the same stroller, on top of, her friend, Cheyenne Reeves, 4, whose legs are seen sticking out of a stroller. The two were part of a Head Start entry.
Flags2
Here's the next flag entry I saw and I singled out Fernando Cervantes, 9, part of the Lincoln Elementary School entry.
Crowd
Here's another photograph trying to tie in the crowd with an entry. I followed Callie Loidhamer, 7, Wenatchee, for quite a long time waiting for her to get to the courthouse where she would be near a layered crowd instead of just a line of people on the curb.
appliances
I spotted the phone at the parade lineup and then the Beaver and Beaver look-a-like and got their names knowing I'd be interested in photographing them on the parade route. Declan Reiner, Entiat, and Barbara Weaver, East Wenatchee, were part of the LocalTel Kids entry. I used a longer depth of field to get them both somewhat in focus.
Mermaid
Part of a parade is what happens away from the entries. I had the mermaid in my sites and was trying to get that in with the vendor when Cody Tamayo, Wenatchee, walked up and grabbed one off the vendor's cart. It was a true blessing that he had tattoos to contrast the tough guy with the doll. He was buying this and a pony for his daughter and niece.
rope
Sometimes the entries just end up making a nicely composed photograph. It took a while of walking with Juan Morett, 12, Rock Island, before I could capture him framed by the rope in the Rancho Los Lagos entry.
band
I keep my eyes on each local band to try to spot something different and I liked how the sun reflected in the face of Olivia Lancaster, in the Pioneer Middle School band.
Twirls
And finally, I'm just so blessed in being at the right time/place. I spotted Socorro Hernandez, Wenatchee, mimicking the Quincy drum major. She hadn't had any experience before as a drum major but her friends said she likes attention. So that's how I found the images that were published in the World on line and in print. I'm pretty happy with what I could document of the parade and think the photos paint a pretty concise and accurate feel for what I saw.

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