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Rabbit in Roslindale Day parade

Mass. Audubon mascot high-fived kids.

UPDATE: What your reporter thought was a short-eared bunny was, in fact, Sammy the Squirrel. Clearly a future in fuzzy mascots is not in the cards.

A light drizzle failed to halt the 41st annual Roslindale Day parade from its traditional route down Belgrade and back up South Street.

As always, the firetrucks started things off:

Firetrucks in Roslindale Day parade

Before the police vehicles arrived, BPD Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross helped a resident across Belgrade:

William Gross in Roslindale Day parade

There was, of course, plenty of marching-band music:

Somerville band in Roslindale Day parade
Bagpipers in Roslindale Day parade
Navy band in Roslindale Day parade
Quincy band in Roslindale Day parade

And it wouldn't be a New England parade without at least one band of pipers:

Rhode Island pipers in Roslindale Day parade

This guy probably took the highest selfies of the parade:

Unicyclist in Roslindale Day parade

Plenty of dancers, natch:

Dancers in Roslindale Day parade
Dancers in Roslindale Day parade
Dancers in Roslindale Day parade

The Rozzie Dolls belted out tunes on a float they shared with a walking Dunkin' donut, who was either exhausted or afraid he'd melt in the rain, because he stayed in a chair rather than walking like he usually does:

Singers in Roslindale Day parade

Mozart School students held signs touting different virtues:

Sumner student in Roslindale Day parade

A local Boy Scout pack had a float about the fun you can have fishing, especially if your head is a styrofoam ball:

Fishing dummies in Roslindale Day parade

Boston Latin School's Junior Classical League had the parade's only chariot:

BLS in Roslindale Day parade

Walk Up Roslindale promoted safer streets:

Safer streets in Roslindale Day parade

And, of course, it wouldn't be a Roslindale Day parade without the official Roslindale Saturn station wagon:

Rozzie car in Roslindale Day parade
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Looks more like a chipmunk to me.

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Ears are kind of short for a rabbit, I guess. There was definitely a large walking otter in the parade - the Coast Guard's Sammy the Otter.

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And I'm a grown man that as seen some bad stuff.

Good Lord.

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Still gross.

Edit: Oh wait, nevermind. It's confirmed a squirrel, and so totally not gross. Still creepy though.

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The two final photos are the same--looks like a posting glitch.

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Thanks for letting me know.

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A squirrel to me. Would need to see the tail for confirmation, lol

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Having worn the costume as a former employee at Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center, I can confirm this is Sunny the Squirrel. The tail is massive and fluffy.

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I went up to the parade, today. A shame about the weather - blah.

That is one longggg route.

I was there. Steve Murphy marched with wife and a small contingent. Joe Donnelly marched with his daughter and grandkids. (How cute is that!) I saw some Margherita signs but not her, herself. Councilors O'Malley and Wu marched, and I think Tim McCarthy. Councilor Flaherty was there, somewhere; I saw him beforehand.

Yeah, there were a lot of costumed animals - or, costumed people, I guess.

There was a "pro-life" contingent. I heard they got into a shouting match down on South Street with a couple of broskis.

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Pro-life member came over to chat (I am visibly (very) pregnant) and said, "I know you're pro-life!"

Really offensive assumption and an unpleasant interaction. Only damper on the famazing parade!

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But I had my own pro-life exchange, too! Was minding my own business, taking photos, one of the pro-life guys came up to me and exclaimed "Vote pro-life!" To which I gave him a thumb's down.

"But you're not a woman!" he returned. I admit I responded by muttering an expletive phrase that was loud enough for him to hear but not the little kids near us. I hope.

Like you, I enjoyed the parade otherwise.

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And from what you described, respectfully expressed their opinion and you responded by acting like a dick... How very "Liberal" of you! And no im not pro-life.

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I responded equally peacefully. Or am I not allowed to give him a thumb's down? Oh, right, only one side has the right to express themselves.

Yes, the swearing was not the smartest of things, but it's not like I started screaming at him.

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.. really, the anti-choice gentleman was giving an order.

at any rate its suuuuper funny-ironic-depressing that his retort to Adam was.. that he wasn't a woman. kaaaaay.

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"seen a mirror lately?"

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not to the pro-life message, but to the incredibly presumptuous and hypocritical double standard the guy was applying, i.e. "It's OK that I, a dude, am out here publicly advocating for the suppression of a woman's right to choose, but it's not OK that you, a dude, are weighing in with your opinion about women's rights."

Or perhaps Adam is just pointing out what most folks are too polite to point out in public, which is that anti-choice assholes who show up to public events and harangue pregnant women should go fuck a pinecone sideways.

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Saw Murphy (how could I not - he was behind a sign that stretched across the entire road) and Donnelly, and the guy working the sidelines handing out Ciampa-Coyne fliers ...

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Thank you to Tom Donahue and Andrew Cousino and the rest of the Roslindale Parade Committee for putting on this parade every year! Another Great Job!

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Adorable!

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The cop helping the lady is a dead ringer for Reginald VelJohnson in Die Hard/Family Matters

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she has her head buried in her cell phone. Oblivious to the lights and sirens bearing down on her.

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