November yielded two parades recently, one for homecoming at Fernandina Beach High School and the other for Veterans Day. They both had patriotic starts and lots of local residents, businesses and associations represented. It’s always enjoyable to see so many local residents line the streets with children to enjoy the sights, greet other people they know, receive some free candy or beads and just generally enjoy the nice fall weather with temps in the 70′s. The local high school mascot name is the “pirates” which is fitting for an island that had pirates during much of its early history. Of course we have pirate clubs here and they usually join the parade including their pirate ship on wheels that fires cannon and pistols just to create some excitement and energy for the observers. Fire engines, police cars, local elected officials and of course the pageant or homecoming queen also get to participate. It was great to see our men in uniform honored at both the homecoming parade and the veteran’s parade. As I often tell guests, Amelia Island is small town America at its best and we do enjoy the frequent parades that remind us all of community and the special group or occasion being honored.