“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!” — Owen Lee Pomeroy
The first Saturday in July is the Oriental, North Carolina Croaker Parade. A fun hometown parade that features Miss Minnow, the Croaker Queen, the Pamlico County Community Band, and other clever entries that support the year’s theme. This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Volunteer Spirit”, was exciting to watch. Broad, the main drag in Oriental, and Hodges Streets are lined with families, of all different configurations, waving flags, cheering participants, and catching penny candy tossed their way by those riding or walking in the parade. This fun hometown parade could have been an episode scripted right out of the Andy Griffith Show — now that and some of the wonderful entries are some sweet nostalgia!