We had a fabulous time with our bike parade today. We had a decorating station for the kids to "pimp their rides" and then they took over our nice quiet cul-de-sac and rode and rode and rode some more!!! We did an official "parade" with me leading with a sparkler torch! I really can't convey how much fun this was for the kids and how low maintanence it was for me! I just threw a bunch of materials in a box, had some easy snacks set out and the kids took care of the rest for 2 full hours. I was stressing last night about not having organized games or crafts but I bet even if I would have had them, the kids wouldn't have been interested. It was just fun to BE KIDS and hang out with their friends. Lots of the moms were talking about how this is how we all grew up, riding around the neighborhood for hours with our friends. It is sad that this has to be a special organized event for us, instead of a daily occurance. We will DEFINITELY be doing a bike parade next summer. I will need to find a special event, since we won't have the Olympics as an excuse.