For whatever reason I had never had a chance to ever be in downtown Greensboro on July 4th for the Fun Fourth Celebration, but there's always a first time and today was it for me.
My News partner for the day (and most days to be honest) Caron Myers and I headed toward downtown about 9-45 and arrived in the middle of the parade. After knocking off some video clips of the parade we found a parking place closer to our live truck that was already positioned for the morning news, noon news and this afternoon would be our home for the day to broadcast our findings on the 5 and 6 o'clock newscasts.
I was amazed at the turnout, which we learned was more than 100,000 for the first time. There were people everywhere and whichever way I turned my video camera a new scene awaited my viewfinder.
And to be straightforward, I was a little to overwhelmed with great video opportunities to take a bunch of still pics, but this opportunity I couldn't resist. A hulahoop and Caron Myers.
She claims to have been the champion HulaHooper of her neighborhood growing up.
We had a quick lunch after nearly getting drenched on our six block walk/run back to the livetruck. And we spent the afternoon putting together a story for five and six.
Just before our Live Report at 5 the skies opened up with a heavy rain, but we were graced with sun by the time we were on the air.
At six the storm was closing in but there was no thunder or flashes of lightening to signal our departure from routine, so our Liveshot at six went on too, although by the time we finished the rain had started. By the time I put away all my gear and packed up all my cables, I was soaked.
But that didn't make the Fun Fourth any less interesting. Wow. I'll be back.