The annual Fair Parade was this past Tuesday and as usual, there was plenty of hustle and bustle in downtown. I've never taken Clayton to the parade simply because I think it would be sensory overload for him. The sirens at the beginning plus the big crowds would probably unnerve him, which would in turn send me into a tizzy! So instead of enjoying the actual parade, we went for a little behind the scenes action. Ms. Toby invited Clayton to come visit her and her crew in the park while they waited with their horses and did all their preparations for judging.
Clayton and Jackson both were excited and nervous being around all the horses, wagons, and trucks. One minute they were laughing and living it up, and the next they were crying! I had to hold Jackson the entire time, but I was determined to get some pics of Clayton interacting with Ms. Toby and Ms. Christina (who he rides with most of the time).
Toby didn't know it, but she was doing some sensory therapy when she asked Clayton to help her with her makeup. It was a struggle to get him to work with the brush and loose powder, but he only gagged once and even managed to get one side of her face done. :)
He was a happy boy when Christina showed up. And even though she had lots to do in a short amount of time, she let Clayton take a short ride anyway. It's little things like this that make me put stars by her name in my book!
It was hard to concentrate on the horse though, with so many trucks and trailers to watch . . .
Hmmm . . . maybe someday Clayton will be able to ride alongside them in the parade--wouldn't that be cool?!
He'll need to work on this part though:
If he's on the horse very long by himself, he starts to do "the lean!"