Thursday, October 4, 2012

Girl Scouts BIG Day a Success in St. Louis

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Girl Scouts marched in a parade in downtown St. Louis to mark the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's 100th Birthday on Saturday, Sept. 22 Saturday. The event was billed as Girl Scouts’ BIG Day downtown, and the hour-long parade celebrating their centennial attracted thousands of participants and spectators.

In an unexpected bonus, the girls got to meet St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, who had left his place in the procession to work the crowd. He stopped long enough to pose for a photo with the Troop 51 contingent.

“He was very friendly,” said Kathy Floyd. “It’s just a beautiful day and a great parade.”

The BIG Day, short for Believe In Girls, was organized by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to observe the 100th anniversary. When the parade was over, the girls and their leaders moved on to refreshments, information booths, rides, games and musical entertainment in the park setting around the Soldiers Memorial.

Still, it was the parade that formed the day’s most enduring memories for many.

Featured floats included a model of the City of St. Louis steamboat, a patriotic float decked out in red, white and blue and emblazoned with a large “100,” and a float carrying tropical plants along with Scouts and their leaders, bearing the words “100 years of fun in the great outdoors.”

There were dozens of cars and other vehicles, ranging from antique and classic cars and hot rods to late model Chargers and Camaros. A modified bus called the Bubblebus used a large wind machine to blow soap bubbles over the crowd. Another specially painted Metro bus carried the sign, “A Century of Courage, Confidence and Character.”

One more highlight was a float with huge models of toasted marshmallows on sticks saluting one of Scouting’s campfire favorites — s’mores.