[Nfbmo] ohio school for the blind band
gwunder at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 10 13:28:05 UTC 2008
I remember that very fondly as well.
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Moynihan" <jamesmoynihan at kc.rr.com>
To: "NFB of Missouri Mailing List" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 8:49 PM
Subject: [Nfbmo] ohio school for the blind band
> For those of you who haven't been members of NFBMO long enough to
> remember, the affiliate used to march and have a float in the American
> royal Parade in Kansas city each fall. We didn't have a band, but those
> of us young and able enough marched ahead of the float carrying banners.
> John Dower used to march out in front carrying the American flag, and one
> year we had a blind baton twirler. Those not able to walk long distances
> or who had young children rode the float. We did this from about 1972 to
> 1996. We designed and built the floats ourselves. some of our sighted
> members and blind members who knew how to use tools assembled the float
> and pounded in the steaks to hold the skirt and bunting. We girls did
> detail work and stretched and stapled the skirt and bunting. We worked in
> the warehouse of the trucking company which furnished the flatbed truck
> for the float and as people came from all over the state, they joined the
> K.C. chapter in assembling the float. Following the parade the K.C.
> chapter provided a pot luck lunch and we had a State board meeting. It
> was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. members came from all over
> Missouri and our Kansas friends from Johnson and Wyndotte Counties came
> over to march with us. There were usually several thousand people along
> the parade route who always greeted us enthusiastically and many thousand
> more watching on TV. We also got newspaper coverage from time to time.
> Sadly, some of our chapter members felt somewhat embarrassed doing the
> float and felt that since there was no evidence that it got jobs for
> anyone it was an expense of time and money not worth the trouble. The
> next year the Royal decided the floats in the parade should all be
> professionally made. We couldn't have aforded that, but I have often
> thought we might have found a corporate sponsor. Think what a great Meet
> the blind Month activity we would have had to report.
> Cordially, Jim and Jana Moynihan
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