Lots of elementary school kids in Watchung Plaza were grateful for the lack of rain today, and their parents, pointing cameras in various directions, agreed. I was happy about it too since my two toddlers didn’t have umbrellas or rain jackets with them. Despite losing our temporarily front row seats to parents of performers, we had a great time listening to Old English (which I think may have been Middle English) songs, watching a May Pole Ribbon Dance, and listening to a chorus of children sing The Beatles. Yellow Submarine was particularly popular with my dancing cherubs.
We were disappointed not to be treated to a drumming song, especially because we were right behind the Watchung drummers. They did, however, make quite an entrance and exit. And I have to say, the May Pole dancers were far more enthusiastic than I expected. They did a great job, and the pole was strung up with two different patterns. I took a few seconds of video of the dance, but I don’t want to embarrass any of the kids.
The band that played sounded really solid. That also got a wiggle dance out of the two-year-old. My son was disappointed, however, that the electric guitar didn’t get a solo. Once he saw it, that’s all he focused on.
The celebration was well-organized, and the children were incredibly patient and well-behaved. Congratulations to the organizers, teachers (especially the music teachers), parents and volunteers who helped make this event a success.
Besides our post-May Day celebration visit to Watchung Booksellers, another highlight for my kids was meeting Mayor Fried and Councilwoman Baskerville. To my son, a mayor is a demigod. I’m surprised he managed to shake hands with both of our public servants. All in all, a well-rounded welcome to May. Let the events and fun (and shopping) begin!