Star Trek Parade Pics

1_Live long and prosper
“Live long and prosper”… and wear some new tie dye!

Hello and welcome to the blog!  It’s been almost a week since the Star Trek parade in Riverside, Iowa.  I’ve been busy with work and fishing… but finally got around to getting these pictures together.  There will be a number of photos with minimal verbiage…   It sure was a fun time hanging out with fellow Trek geeks!


Background…  In the movie “Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home”, William Shatner’s character, “Captain Kirk” mentioned “I’m from Iowa; I only work in outer space.”  The town of Riverside petitioned Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and was given the distinction of being the “future birthplace of James T. Kirk” on March 22, 2228.  There is a discrepancy and some documents say 2233.  I guess we will never know!  But Star Trek lore has contributed a lot to our society – even the naming of a space shuttle – and we “trekkers” (not “trekkies”) are a dedicated bunch.

1_USS Riverside
The USS Riverside NCC-1818

1_50 year float
Celebrating 50 years of Star Trek


1_Shuttle Craft
A shuttlecraft replica
1_Photon Torpedo trailer
The smallest vessel that is equipped with a “warp drive”
and it’s own “photon torpedo” launcher.
The sculpture is a “Herky” hawk, the mascot of the University of Iowa.
Notice that this Herky is giving the Vulcan greeting (as we saw “Spock” do
so many times.)  The “V” shaped hand is actually part of an old Jewish blessing ritual.
1_Caseys Pizza Dude
The pizza slice guy was here representing Casey’s Pizza, sold in Casey’s convenience stores.
In the movie S.T. IV, Catherine Hicks and William Shatner ordered a “large mushroom, 
pepperoni and extra onions and a Michelob.”  Great  choices!


1_Old Tractor
No parade would be complete (in Iowa) without old tractors… We had a bunch!

It was a fun little trip to Riverside.  The love of Star Trek is alive and well.  A new movie, “Star Trek – Beyond”, will hit theaters on July 22, 2016.  I’m not sure of the work schedule but my own little white futuristic van vessel — the “USS Serena”, NCC 2708, will be provide camping somewhere nearby a movie theater on that day.

That’s it for now.  Thanks a bunch for visiting!  Happy and safe summer travels!  Have a happy Independence Day!  Live long and prosper.  🙂

Brad, Jesse James, and Jennifer
Jones County, Iowa

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