LOWELL | There might not have been lions and tigers and bears, but —oh, my! — there was a pony and Dorothy and Toto, too.
The 59th annual Lowell Kiddie Parade, part of the town's five-day Labor Day Festival, marched through the historic downtown district Sunday to the delight of folks who have made it a tradition.
Hayley Kralek, 7, of Lowell, in her tiki-lined cart pulling her 4-year old pony Little Bit were a crowd pleaser, all decked out in flowers.
With tomahawks and arrows at the ready, brothers Joshua and Nathan Hejnowski, ages 4 and 2, paid tribute to the Potawatomi as they walked the route.
Others limped. "The Crutch Crew," a bandaged bunch with a walker, slings and crutches dedicated their entry to grandpa Lowell's Paul Searle who had been in the hospital. The walking wounded were 9-year old Briana Houpt, of Portage; 5-year old Jackie Hall, of Lafayette; and Sophie Dewale, 8 of Indianapolis, all cousins.
Leo and Christopher Pickett, of Lowell, watched the parade with their children. "The Dr. Seuss one was really cute," Chrisopher Pickett said.
The inventive Thing No. 1 riding in the Thingamajigger, a Seussian carriage of sorts, carried purple-haired, 10-month old Landon Owens as dad Jimmy Owens and mom Alyssa Reed walked along. Owens remembers marching as a "little guy as Uncle Sam" in the parade.
Anya Sidwell, 3, Lowell, was pretty in blue as Alice in Wonderland carrying the Chesire Cat, while Lauren Farmer, 12, of Lowell, sported the 1950s poodle skirt look.
There were Spider Men, hula girls, a bride and groom and more.
Amy Taylor said she was in the parade herself and remembers her children in the parade. Watching Sunday's event was true deja vu, she said.
The festival continues today with the 93rd annual Lowell Labor Day Parade which steps off at 10 a.m. from the town's east end and marches west.