A beautiful day for a parade, made up for last year on which it rained. The beach and boardwalk were packed, Surf Avenue not as much as usual. Some of the usual suspects in the parade such as the man with the rainbow beard and his matching poodle (who went throught the parade route at least 3 times!), Debbie the brown haired mermaid, the rabbi who broke off from the Polar Bear Club and started his own and the the swing dancers amongst some others. No Mummers this year. The vibe was quiet to me...needed much more music, what was up with that? I think the oil spill has effected the usual celebratory mood...it was not ignored in this years parade as you can see.