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Lee College Rebels at the Parade!

December 6, 2019

Hello, all.  Those of you who know me are probably surprised by the frequency of posts over the last couple months.  I am, too!  I’m no less busy than I have always been, and by rights I shouldn’t have time and brain space for all this posting.  On the other hand, my student assistants and I accomplished something pretty cool, and with absolutely no experience in parade float building to speak of.  Now, obviously, as the Lee College PAC technical director, you can assume I have a very firm grasp of the load bearing capacities of materials and structures, but I can assure you that I have never in my life had to figure out how to attach those materials and structures to a truck that would be moving and outdoors in the wind for the duration of a very long parade.  Moreover, we needed to figure out how to keep a person in a movement-restricting costume safe in the truck bed while the vehicle was moving.  Both the design phase and the build had to happen in fewer than three weeks with a school-closure holiday smack in the middle, and we didn’t even have the lights until the week of the event.  It was a weird and rather stressful sort of challenge, but it was fun in its way, and I do think it turned out well.  Without further ado, I present “Lights, Camera, Enroll!”:

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We were not even in the top 30 of best floats in the parade (you wouldn’t believe the quality of the competition!), but at least we have no reason to be ashamed of our contribution, and our mascot was safe back there.

While I’m posting, please don’t forget that Santa’s Christmas Magic the Musical has a good number of performances left!  For details, please see yesterday’s post.  Thanks, and I hope you enjoyed the slideshow- E.G.D.

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