This is a poem that my mother-in-law wrote about one of Key West more notetable character. Orlando Esquinaldo
(black lady, parade marshal, Key West, FL) Circa 1930's
Oh, see her strutting down the street
Her sparkling dress is red and blue
She wears a toothless smile, she's fat
The funny lady in the hat!
She looks at them, she's waving back
Her heart is heavy, ridiculed
They're having fun, what can she do?
Pretend she's happy, balmy, too.
Join the funny time charade
Here come the clowns in the parade
Her multi-colored bag swings out
The people laugh, the people shout
Her step is firm, her stance is bold,
Doesn't matter if she's old,
She knows she's loved,
She loves them back,
The funny lady in the hat.
by: Maggie Weech