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Nobles of the Mystic Shrine

June 12, 2009

Last weekend Matt and I went to Blowing Rock for the afternoon, and found the streets lined with people eager for a parade to start. Not knowing what was in store, we joined the crowds and waited. It wasn’t long before we realized we were in for a Shriner parade.Shriner Parade 009


According to the local hot dog vendor, we had stumbled upon a rare statewide meeting of the Shriners – a group I have never really understood. But, they seem to try and prevent the burning and crippling of children, so I can support that. Most importantly, they throw a mean parade.

From the standard creepy clowns and doll combo…

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To the family tractor…

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…each chapter’s vehicles were the key to the whole event. According to Wikipedia, …”Shriners often participate in local parades, sometimes as rather elaborate units: miniature vehicles in themes (all sports cars; all miniature 18-wheeler trucks; all fire engines, and so on), an “Oriental Band” dressed in cartoonish versions of Middle Eastern dress; pipe bands, drummers, motorcycle units, Drum and Bugle Corps, and even traditional brass bands.”

This is true.

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But I feel the John Deer gator car deserves special recognition. This baby even snorts steam!

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I was completely tickled by the whole experience and truly had no idea this existed. Any wild Shriner stories to share?

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