Monday, April 24, 2017


No, they were not part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. I think they were members of a precision drumming team that was practicing for the upcoming Emancipation Day Parade across the street from the Trump International Hotel. Yep, we really do have a lot of parades and demonstrations. :-)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two Tulips

After the parade, I stopped at one of my favorite luncheonettes near the U.S. Capitol. Hey! What did you expect? This ain't exactly Amsterdam, you know. :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017


"The first sousaphone was built by James Welsh Pepper in 1893 at the request of John Philip Sousa who was dissatisfied with the hélicons in use by the United States Marine Band. Some sources credit C.G. Conn with its construction, because of the first sousaphone he built later in 1898. Sousa wanted a tuba-like instrument that would send sound upward and over the band, much like a concert (upright) tuba. The new instrument had an oversized bell pointing straight up, rather than the directional bell of a normal hélicon. . . .Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was a sousaphone player (Wikipedia)."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


The MGM Lion presented by MGM National Harbor (a local casino) is 40-feet long and requires 32 people to escort it through the parade.