Today was a busy and intense day of Lions activities. Our two most important performances - the Lions International Parade and the performance for the Pennsylvania delegation were both today, making it a BUSY day. The day started off with the parade. As you can imagine, it is HOT and SUNNY in Las Vegas (although with little humidity, thankfully!), so we were very concerned that students stay hydrated. To that end, the band provided students with hydration packs that they wore during the parade. There were some small kinks in the hydration pack system, resulting in a number of water covered breakfast tables as we worked to fix various leaking issues, but we got it all worked out and all stayed well hydrated!
As always, the Parade was an awesome demonstration of the breadth of the Lions organization - delegations marched in the parade from across the globe, from India, to Paraguay, to Norway. As always, the crowd was an international one as well, with peoples from many different cultures cheering us on as played the Pennsylvania Polka. The parade is also a great place for people watching, as delegations and spectators are dressed in distinctive garb to represent their clubs. We were marching behind Paraguay; the women there had very cool dresses which many people wanted pictures of. (Personally, I wanted to know where to by one!)
This evening we were back at the MGM Grand for the Pennsylvania delegation's reception. We enjoyed playing for delegation, who much appreciated our contribution to the evening. Many thanks to Lion Jamie Cope for guest conducting the band. We were able to go live on Facebook this morning and again this evening during the delegation performance. We are gratified that so many of you watched, shared, and commented on the videos - if you haven't seen them, check them out on our Facebook page! It was, as the delegation performance always is, a late night - we were all glad to climb into our beds upon our return to the hotel.