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Parentarazzi at the Hallowen Parade

By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 9:11 am in Uncategorized.

I just went to a Kindergarten Halloween parade. It was like covering the Michael Jackson trial.

I could see the camera flashes going off a half block from the school. Three classes of Kindergarteners each had two parents, four grandparents, cousins, neighbors, and the doctor and three nurses that delivered them, all lined up, waiting for the parade to start. They all brought a video camera, a regular camera, a camera phone, and a sketch artist. It was insane.

When the parade started moving, so did the Parentarazzi. In mass. People were almost tripping over each over to get their 32nd shot of little Timmy dressed up as Spiderman. It was hilarious – not the kids, who were cute, if not a little shell-shocked from all the attention.

It reminded me of covering the Michael Jackson trial a couple years ago. One morning, Jacko Pappy Joe Jackson showed up in front of the courthouse without warning and, literally, took a lap, with all the reporters and photogs chasing him.They were mowing people down on the sidewalk, elbowing each other out of the way, and practically brawling with the Jacko supporters trying to shield Joe while yelling in German (Jacko’s big with Euros – apparently they never received that last album).

OK, it wasn’t that bad. This morning’s scene, I mean. Not the record. That was terrible. The parade was kind of fun. As long as they don’t do it in First Grade.

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