Aunt Steele also just referred to "shuffle" on an iPod as "scramble." Just an amusing side note.
Anywho, after a semester of women's studies, the parade has tragically been reduced to a shell of its former glory; a depressing example of American consumerism, stereotypical gender roles, and white skin playing a dominant role in all the major acts.
How about the American Indian float, with the female singer wearing an all-white ensemble complete with lots of fringe singing an inspiring song proclaiming that this land is everyone's. While not white in terms of skin tone, this singer is extremely white in the way she is dressed and made up, except for the fringe. Nothing says traditional Native American culture like fringe. Below her the Oneida dancers, dressed in traditional garb, dance traditional dances, light years away from ever achieving that elite position atop the float. We support Native Americans, so long as they act like white people.
The Rockett dancers get me every year; voiceless, perfectly made-up dancers with the same build and measurements, the same cheesy smile, and movements that are perfectly choreographed and coordinated. There's no individual identity, just that perfect ideal of beautiful women who keep their mouths shut and look pretty.
Other highlights: the pirate boat, directed towards children, with a Victoria's Secret billboard in the background, complete with a blond model in a push-up bra giving that seductive look that seemingly no man can resist. Another of my favorites was the "new princess" float, with about thirty little girls in matching pink princess dresses and a flirtatious female singer serenading the crowd at the top of the float. The description said that the "new princess" promotes girl empowerment through generosity, intelligence, and beauty. Everything a little girl should be!
Maybe I'm just cranky because I want turkey right now and am unwilling to wait another five hours for dinner, or maybe this parade is pissing me off because its sickening depiction of all the values that Americans apparently hold dearest makes it exceedingly clear how far this country still has to go.