Thanks to Kate, I managed to come pretty well prepared with plenty of nibbles. What I lacked was an awesome bike costume (although I had thought of a great slogan on our way over--Go Green With Kidical Mass!) but I lacked creativity and patience this morning. In fact, I was happy for just barely remembering to put green shirts on the boys and myself.
However, I pulled up next to Jim's amazing Madsen an realized we were missing out.
Incredibly, the child folk stayed relatively calm. With a few snacks thrown around here and there, they seemed surprisingly peaceful. My boys were really exhausted by then, having been up since 5 am and it being past naptime. The parents were able to chat while we watched the baton-twirlers and Irish dancers practice ahead of us.