Saturday, March 17

The Mystery of the Shriners

Is it possible to have a parade without the participation of the 'Shriners'?

The MCC staff spent this morning volunteering before and after the St. Patrick's Day parade here in Billings. We moved barricades and decorated & undecorated the stage. During our down time we watched the passing by of the floats and the other parade entries. Little ponies pulling little carts, llamas with saddle bags, big trucks decked out in clovers and rainbows, clowns on unicycles, green colored dogs with their over-enthusiastic owners - and then, of course, the Shriners. It never fails, every parade I've ever been to, whether in my hometown, in Washington D.C., in Charlotte, NC, or in Billings, MT, there they are - men with their hats, vests, and little motorized vehicles. Stopping and going, spinning in circles, waving and smiling. Who are the Shriners? And what do they do beyond driving makeshift bikes and go carts in parades around the nation?

Is anyone else curious about the Shriners?

4 comments:

Lana Joy said...

Wikipedia has an interesting article on Shriners, but I'd recommend looking up Freemasons or Shriners in a general encyclopedia in your library. Or check out their official website: http://www.shrinershq.org/Shrine/

Kristi said...

I've always wondered too...

Lana Joy said...

Today I came across 2 entire file folders full of pamphlets on, basically, who the Shriners are, their history, and what they do. I almost sent a few to you. But ended up throwing them away.

Brooks said...

I'm not so sure about adult men wearing funny little hats with arabic swords and driving midget cars - scary!