King Frost 2013

The highlight of October in my hometown of Hamburg PA is the annual King Frost Parade.  It has been held for fifty years and when we were kids, the parade seemed huge - it felt like was at least four hours long, with more than thirty high school bands, lots of floats like the "Haunted Hauler", decorated trucks and cars, and the Reading Motorcycle Drill Team.  At least that is how we remember it.

 

Today, it's a lot smaller, but still an important part of autumn in Hamburg.  For the last few years I have spent a couple hours leading up to the parade photographing the scenes as the town prepares for the parade.

 

By the time the parade starts, there are a couple thousand people lining the streets, the kids are excited, and people line up for the hot soup, cheese steaks, pizza, and french fries.  I haven't made any photographs of the parade itself.  I prefer to focus on the late afternoon quiet scenes as the town sets up, with the harsh late October sunlight.  Most of the photographs appear as if the town is deserted rather than getting ready for the annual event.

 

The photograph above is one of three new ones I added this year.  This is an ongoing project where I expect to add three or four photographs a year.

Click here to view the King Frost Gallery.