But there is indeed an Inverness, Florida (instead of the Loch Ness Monster they have alligators and possibly Burmese pythons). We have visited here before. Remember the Deco Cafe?
It's still there, as is the nice old courthouse and here was the first palm tree of our trip.
Putting us in celebratory mood, which was enhanced when we reached Venice and found they were having a parade.
Strange little men in strange little cars
Yikes - a scary clown! Help! You may have read elsewhere that Americans are frightened of clowns - though lately they may have had good reason, it seems an odd thing to be afraid of in general. We once stopped at a roadside restaurant with a toy clown collection which the owner had had to move from the dining room as people were afraid of it. That was my first brush with Clownphobia (yes, such a thing exists).
Then along came the far more benign US Coastguard
And talking about scary (for some people). This was a popular sign on our route, which, admittedly, did not tend to go through natural Hillary-supporting territory.
Ah yes, that explains it
Someone's got a little mixed up..
n case you're still puzzling, he was a Donald lookalike, complete with wig. At least I think it was a lookalike.
At least we can agree that guide dogs are a Good Thing. Except Americans, who sometimes like to make things more complicated than they need be, call them "Seeing-Eye" dogs.
Venice is a pet-friendly city. It has, if you remember, a Dog Beach.
There's also a great circus tradition. For some time it was the famous Ringling Brothers' Circus winter home. The tradition lives on.
And a gondolier.
The Middle School band were brilliant.
This is the choir singing the Marines' Hymn, "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.."
I don't know if he was meant to be in the parade but he was. Dustmen are heroes too.
Did I say this was a pet-friendly city? He was advertising the Mutt Hutt - something to do with dog grooming.
And here's a customer
Phew - here she is at last. I didn't want you to think I was biased.
The sign was a little unfortunate but I was told it applied to some local law that the Democrats are against. But I can't help thinking it might be misconstrued.
Meanwhile, only in America..
Those pets just can't get enough..
Here's everyone enjoying breakfast
Oh and I almost forgot the High School Band.
I don't know if their outfits represented gondoliers or what but they were really, really good. I have to say that no one does a parade quite like the Americans.
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