COLUMBIA — Images from the Memorial Day parade, the fire at the Brookside on College apartments, Shred Fest and the Art in Park festival were some of the best photos by Missourian staff in the past week.
In this photo by Caitlin Jones, Robert Smith, 2, looks like he's got it made in the shade before Monday's Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Parade. He and his family joined in the celebration Monday that honored and included some of Columbia's bravest men and women.
In this photo by Robert Swain on Monday morning, the day after one of the largest fires in Columbia history, artist Mark Nanneman was on site to memorialize the inferno that took nearly 2 million gallons of water to extinguish and left only about 40 percent of the Brookside on College apartments salvageable.
Amy Bruer photographed Lance Rothenberger here as he and other skaters entertained hundreds of Columbia residents on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park's Shred Fest. The host of the event, Tiger Pilot of Columbia, used the day to emphasize safety when skating by giving away free helmets to those in attendance.
The Art in the Park Festival over the weekend showcased the talents over 100 artists from across the country including musicians and magicians. Derek Frankhouser,shown in this photo by Amy Bruer, created an animated short video by riding over the stenciled horses on the sidewalk on his bike.
With her parents in tow, Charlotte Struckhoff, 6, leaves the Young Collector's Tent of the weekend's Art in the Park festival with a personally picked out souvenir, in this photo by Tatiana Fernandez. "I think it looks like a bowl of ocean water and sea weed," she said. Children went inside the tent without their parents and their artistic influence and selected one small, $5 piece of hand-made art donated by exhibiting artists.