The Merrie Monarch Parade is an annual parade that celebrates Hawaiian art, culture, and community spirit and pride. It’s a lot of fun. This year it was held on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. Which is where this story begins….

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On Saturday morning I just kind of dragged the kids and myself over to see the Merrie Monarch parade. Not because I’m such a parade aficionado – or the kids are either! – but because I’m pretty determined that we set up our rituals, customs and be a part of what is going on in our town.

So, we went!

The kids were whining hard as we waited – it was so hot! – but when it started, they immediately bounced up and at ’em

Merrie Monarch Parade held in downtown Hilo, Hawaii

Mack was all, “why are they sitting on the truck, Mommy?!!!”

and went a little ape over the marching bands


I think the last parade my kids went to were the ones in Alameda.

“MOMMMMMYYYYYYYYYY, why are those guys on HORSES, MOMMMYYYYY???!!”

“WHY IS THAT LADY ON THE HORSE, MOMMMMYYYYY?!”

“MOMMMMMMYYYYY!!! who is she, Mommy?????? Why is she sitting on the car, MOMMMYYYYYYYY?!!!!”

“MOMMMYYYYYY, why is that guy riding his bike? HUH? MOMMY???? And Mommy, I”M SO THIRSTY! Mommy, I”M HUNGRY, HUNNNGGGRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!”

Mommy decided we should all take break from the parade and get some shave ice.

Cuz, yeah. Mommy likes the smiles


Hilo High, going at it – Waiakea High had Tahitian dancers!!!

Woot! Taiko!

All in all, that was a whole lot of fun.

Merrie Monarch Parade 2018, Video!
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