A few weeks ago we had our annual small town Gig Harbor Parade. What a great event. Everyone in town comes out to participate, help or just watch and it is like a giant family reunion. We all cheer for the kids, wave to our mayor, shake hands with the local politicians, and laugh at the antics.
From a photography standpoint, it is one of my favorite places to shoot because access is incredibly easy. In fact, mixing it up with the crowd is easy to do in a small parade like this since there aren’t any fence lines or security guards yelling at you to get back. If you see something you want to shoot, then you just step out and snap the pic.
The theme this year was “pirates” so lots of people were dressed up in their best pirate garb, including the animals!
Here are the photos.
Last weekend was Gig Harbor’s Maritime Gig Parade and I just had to get out there and snap a bunch of pics of the event. My family and I had a great time participating since my son walked in the parade with his classmates. They were able to travel the parade route with the local Gig Harbor Fire Department which was a big thrill for the kids.
This year’s theme was Pirates of the Peninsula and most of the floats and people were dressed up as swashbuckers in some form or another. Pirate canons were firing off with a deafening “BOOM” at regular intervals and people were being chased down the street by men wielding swords. Arrrgh was the word of the day!
I took along a small camera kit that included a Nikon D90, 12-24mm lens and an older 80-200mm f4.5 lens that I bought in the 1990’s. I stood along the side of the street until something interesting came along, then I walked into the middle of the parade to take the photograph. Small town events are perfect for getting good access; no fences, no walls, no security force to keep you back. Just happy people with big smiles, all having a good time together.
Events like these are also wonderful for taking people photographs, because everyone fully expects to have their photos taken. Nobody has any inhibitions. When you pull out your camera, they’ll do just about anything for the lens! I had kids doing summersaults, adults dancing around in circles, pirates pretending to swing their swords and drivers of classic cars stopping to show off their chrome. Anything for a pic!