They had a lot of marching bands from different places and that was really cool to watch. Most of them did some type of dance performance and I am really in awe of people that can dance and stuff since I'm such a terrible dancer and have absolutely no rhythm.
This picture on the left is kind of my favorite. This is some skate group in the area that I think is from MD actually, but this man is Obama Man! I thought it was pretty cool. And again, while I love to skate (and we're talking old school skating, not roller blading) and I'm pretty good at it these guys were freaking amazing.
After our excitement of the festival and the parade we decided to hit a museum. Right where we left the parade we saw the American History Museum which is by far my favorite. I'm not entirely sure why, it just is. It has been under remodel for like the last year so we didn't get to go last summer when we went. I about pee'd my pants when I realized it was open and my poor husband was not excited about the crowd that he saw trying to get inside, but he greatly obliged my request (ok, my begging and pleading) to go inside! We wandered around there for a while and saw the car exhibit that shows the cars from like the beginning and travels through time until now. There weren't any Hybrid cars in there which I thought would have been neat especially since they just redid the entire museum and they are the new car, but I guess we'll see those in a few years.
We walked around the Tidal Basin for a bit and I took a bunch of pictures of the trees and Steve graciously posed each time I asked him to (or said "stand over there"). He's so good :) We found someone to take our picture. It wasn't really that hard because there were a TON of people around, but I'm glad we did because I think its a nice picture. I would have liked more tree, but I wasn't going to be picky with a complete stranger.
After seeing the trees we pretty much had decided that it was time to head home. The crowds really made the museums unreasonable to get in to and we'd seen and done everything we wanted. Plus, we were tired from walking all over the place. We decided that we probably had walked about 5 miles, which might not seem like a lot but we're two pretty out of shape people and we were dying. So we headed back to the metro but not without devouring a dirty dog from one of the street vendors. Those are by far my most favorite food ever.
The metro was equally as crowded on the way home. The first train that came was so crowded by where we were standing that we didn't even get on. So we headed down the platform to the front of the train and made it on the next one. I'm really glad we did that because there was NO ONE on the car we were on but the back of the train was super crowded so at least we got a seat after walking all day. I was really happy to be back in the car away from all the crowds of people, but all in all it was a really awesome day! I'm glad we did it, but like I said it will be the last time we do :)