When we got to the National Archives, crowds of people lined the streets, and we figured we’d walk up the steps and go in and visit the Archives, then come out to see what all the fuss was about. When we got to the door, it was closed and there was a police woman guarding, in fact there was quite a bit of security all around…but we started toward the door and were stopped by the police woman.
Police Woman: “No one can go in until after the parade”.
Us: “What parade?”
Police Woman: “The Cherry Blossom Festival parade…don’t you know about the parade?”
Us: “How embarrassing, no we didn’t, until just now”.
We turned around, and looked, and then understood why we had seen Elmo from Sesame Street being inflated along with several other balloons earlier in the day.
Yes, this event is way up there on our list of embarrassing moments.
We were not able to enter the Archives until a couple of hours later when the parade was over, and when we entered, it seemed that all the people that were viewing the parade joined us. The line to see the precious documents was a LONG one, but it was an awesome moment when we finally were able to view the Declaration of Independence, and see the signers handwriting for ourselves. To see the Constitution of the United States, and many other documents.