Saturday (5-23-15) Ft. Lauderdale shut A1A down north of Las Olas Blvd. from 10am to 8:30pm to put on their Great American Beach Party complete with live bands, kids zone, car show, beach games and most importantly, tributes to our US Armed Forces.
The Classic Car Show included lots of Hot Rods from the muscle care era I grew up in. Seeing “antique” plates on cars I rode in with friends during my teens made me feel too adult. My favorite sign on one street racer said, “Objects in rearview mirror are losing!”
Karen conned an owner into a personal encounter with his antique work of art.
A U.S. Military Parachute Team made their descent from high above the Atlantic Ocean, while Ft. Lauderdale Police and Fire boats hovered anxiously off shore. One military RIB helped patrol the area. It was unmarked, leading me to believe it was Special Forces.
All the parachutists nailed their landing mark in a cordoned off area next to us on the beach.
No beach celebration would be complete without pictures to prove you were there. Karen particularly liked the “OBEY” cap this young man wore following around these lovelies while repeatedly trying to get just the right picture to suit them.
The best “Ink On The Beach Award” had to go to this woman who got her body art in Spain.
The featured live band was an updated version of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. I last saw the T-Birds perform in the Cotton Bowl. I was fresh out of college and they opened for the Rolling Stones. I’m pleased to report that lead singer Kim Wilson can still belt out a mean blues tune and his harmonica chops are as powerful as ever.
“HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!” from Jeff and Karen on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale. Don’t forget that this holiday is about our military heroes and be safe out there while you celebrate in their honor.