Seen at the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade
Trips to Oak Cliff are always a sentimental journey for me. Both of my parents grew up there, in fact they met at the swimming pool at Lake Cliff park when my mother was a student at Adamson High School.
As children my brothers and I would spend weekends in Oak Cliff with with my paternal grandmother, who was green before green was cool; she never owned a car and never learned to drive. She’d take us all over town on the “city bus”. I can remember visiting my maternal grandfather’s typewriter and adding machine business when I was very young. An ice cream shop now calls that building home. It wasn’t always known as the Bishop Arts District, way back then it was just “Bishop and Davis”.
Last Sunday was my father’s 76th birthday so it seemed fitting to bring the whole family to the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras parade. The weather was on the chilly side and it looked like we might get rain, but our luck was good and the parade seemed to be a great success. What a great celebration it was and my entire clan had a good time, my children thought they’d found heaven as soon as they began catching necklaces and candy from the parade. They now have a substantial necklace collection that they’re both proud of. It was delightful to see so many children and families there.
Maybe next year I’ll bring my bike and ride with the Bike Friendly Oak Cliff gang, or maybe I’ll just bring the whole family again and after wards we’ll drive those old streets and look at those old buildings that we knew so well decades ago. Either choice is a good one.
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