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Ski patrol won for skin, not float preparation

Paul SperbSilverthorne

I am writing this letter in regard to the Keystone Mardi Gras float parade and competition. We submitted a float that took us about 150 man hours and about $1,000 to build. We took the time and effort to stuff it like a traditional float. But we soon found out that there was no need to go to such effort because ski patrol wins every year regardless of what work they put into their float. While lining up at the parade I saw a big pirate ship which I thought that if we were going to lose to anyone it would be them.I also noticed the ski patrol float, which was a flat bed truck with a few signs and some speakers on it and I thought to myself that there was no way they were going to win this year because it appeared that they had put about 10 minutes into its construction. So the parade started and we went through the village with our music playing and everyone on our float dancing and throwing beads.We even had a cannon that we launched some beads out of. We were all very scantily dressed and it was very cold out that afternoon. About an hour after the parade, I heard from people that we had taken second place to the ski patrol. Come to find out, the ski patrol stopped the whole parade for 10 to 15 minutes to do a dance and take off clothes in front of the judges.I thought that the award was for best float not best dance and strip routine.I guess if all we want is a bunch of people on flatbeds and trailers with big sound systems performing dances and strip teases, then that is what we are going to end up with. Next year, we will put a few hours into learning a dance. Then throw our sound system on an empty trailer with a few signs and stop the whole parade so that everyone behind us can freeze, do our dance in front of the judges and then maybe we might have a chance of winning. But I highly doubt it because the ski patrol always wins for best float. Maybe we could put pictures of the top five floats in the paper and let the readers decide?


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