Working the parade more than an hour before it began definitely paid off!
Photographers agree that parades can be one of the worst assignments. And I too was loathing it when I saw my name on the budget.
To handle the chaos with unclean backgrounds, Barry told me that the best parade photos are before or after the main event. The same can be true of most assignments.
When I first wondered Main Street, I was a bit too early as many floats weren't even half decorated for photos to make sense. Then, unforeseen 40 degree rain poured. It played quite a toll on my concentration since I was improperly dressed, but I worked hard to refocus especially since the paper wanted to run a large package tomorrow and in a special neighborhoods section. Double the work made, and I'm glad I spent double the time.
Here are a few of my favorites. Merry early Christmas!