Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday!

Do you know why this picture is so dark?
AND why I look tired?
It is because it is the middle of the night
and Mike and Beth want to go

They call today
Black Friday.
It is when the stores open
extremely early and offer
really good deals!

So off we go....

we have the famous
Fish House Parade
to attend at 1:00!

You heard  me right -- Fish house!
This is what I copied from the
Aitkin Chamber of Commerce
(they say it better than I can....)

The World Famous Fish House Parade

The townsfolk gather each year, the day after Thanksgiving, to regale the coming of Minnesota's longest season– Winter! This annual ritual experience is punctuated by the remarkable parading of ice fishing houses loaded on trailers, in pick-up truck boxes, or other means of conveyance on their way to the 365 frozen lakes surrounding this rural Minnesota community.
The craziness begins the Friday after Thanksgiving in downtown Aitkin as Aitkin's World-Famous Fish House Parade hits the street at 1:00 p.m. The parade was spawned from a keen sense of humor sharpened by dry Scandinavian wit and hardened by long Minnesota winters.

This is not just your typical parade, typically 5- to 10-thousand spectators come to witness this spectacle for themselves each year. Why so many? Well, these are not just ordinary ice fish houses. The ice fish houses paraded are decorated in wacky and outrageous manners, with the goal of each fisherman trying to be more extreme and humorous than than next. On they parade, right down the main street of Aitkin, ignoring rain, snow or unseasonable heat, driven like salmon feeling the urge to head upstream-- nothing will stop this ritual procession.

Don't miss the fun! Bring your camera, your appetite, and your sense of humor. There is also live music, food, craft sale, retail promotions, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, and much more going on the day of the parade. Come meet a special celebrity that will be our Grand Marshall-we don't know who it is yet, but we know they will have a great sense of humor!

Doesn't that sound like fun?

If you are in the neighborhood stop on by! 
I would love to see you and
you would have a fun day!

What is ice fishing you ask?
It is when people go out on the frozen
lakes and drill a hole in the ice and
FISH!  It's a big thing around here....

Well best get going! 
Hope to see you today!

Later -- Remington --
I hope I get that early bird special
-- out!


Gloria said...

That sounds like so much fun! Wish I could see it 8(

Priscilla said...

I am considering of migrating to your place now
: ) There is always so much fun and interesting events in your place! The ice fishing made me feel like having some fish for the meals too!

Gus said...

Minnesota...muzzer says it is wonderful. Have a great day.


Martha and Bailey said...

The ice fishing sounds like fun! We will pass on the shopping in the dark..............!
Martha and Bailey xxx

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Princess Eva and Brice The Handsome's Momma says it is khold in EP...

The fish parade sounds like some tasty fun!

Do they toss any fishstikhks out to the khrowd?


Ruby and Penny said...

That parade sounds like it will be a hoot.
Happy shopping!
Love Ruby & Penny

Sandra said...

I thought you were dressed all in black to fit in on black firday. ha ha. have fun at the fish parade

Mr. Pip said...

Wow, what a busy day for you! Have fun.

Your pal, Pip

Madi and Mom said...

You, Mike and Beth are very brave to get out in all the crowds today. We hope they found all the good deals they wanted and we expect you guarded the loot while they shopped.
Hugs madi and mom

Ms. ~K said...

Our Rama doesn't like to shop when the sun is up, much less in the middle of the night...
The fish house parade looks way cool!
Have a fun day!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

♥I am Holly♥ said...

The parade sounds like lots of fun!! We don't like shopping in the day time much less at night. We hope you got everything you wanted!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Jazzi said...

Have fun shopping and at the parade. HOpe you find some really good deals!!


MISTAYA said...

What a big day you are having. I am afraid I was sleeping in this morning while you were out shopping and parade watching. I was actually dreaming about all the wonderful tasting presents I may be getting!!!
Hugs and wags, Mistaya

♥ Sallie said...

Now that is a COOL parade. :)


Suka said...

hey Remington,

So, did your mom and dad get lots of great dog toys during their morning shopping? I assume that is why they went out so early, to find you lots of fun toys and treats!

That parade looks like lots of fun, and I sure wish I could go and hang with you! When we lived in Mpls my human would attend the Hollydazzle parade, which was always the Friday night after Thanksgiving. Minnesota had a lot of fun parades.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Maggie and Mitch said...

The Fish House parade looks like fun, Remington!
Did you get everything on your Christmas list that you wanted to?

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

JackDaddy said...

Well, please remind Beth and Mike that Jack can always use a new 60" tv for his room.

Ginny said...

You look like you could use some coffee, Rem! We love going out every Black Friday, love the hustle and bustle and Chrismassy feel everywhere! I love the fish on wheels! That wacky parade sounds so cool!! I hope you post pictures!!

MadameMoiselle said...

Ice fishing?? I think i should tell my parents to move over to your end!

Miss Kodee said...

Being Canadian, it was great to read about your parade on American Thanksgiving. My oldest just announced she is doing an ice-fishing weekend this yr. Once time I am glad I am old ;) BRRRR

Sagira said...

Hope they had fun shopping. Mom actually didn't see anything worth getting up in the middle of the night for so we went puppy shopping instead. :)

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

It is too early to shop if it is still dark when you wake up! But I hope since you were awake, you had a nice cafe mocha and found some great bargains. The Fish house Parade sounds like a "Hoot!" I love Khyra's idea that they toss out fish sticks during the parade! Have fun!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Sounds like a fun parade - we would love to have come, Remington. Hope you managed to squeeze a nap in after that early rising.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

bichonpawz said...

OOOOHHH! How FUN Remington! We are tired today too...even though Mama decided NOT to go shopping for Black Friday!! The Parade sounds like a really good time!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug