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One Last Parade

By harwicks-art
A bookend companion piece to "First Day" , this one featuring the love of her mentor and #1 assistant, the memories of her friends and the thanks of grateful Equestria.



If you're looking to ask me for permission to use this artwork in a not-for-profit way, feel free and make something awesome with it, but know that I neither created nor own the characters. And, of course, please don't take credit for my work. It's just not a nice thing to do.
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This one just feels sad to me

BB-K's avatar
I really wish this is the final ending of Twilight's elder days, she can keep her wings but she'll be accompanied by her grown-up children and husband, Celestia too will have a husband too while continue to rule.
Coolstriker64's avatar

Silver Quill just mentioned this on his stream. this is beautiful (if not the exact opposite to the show‘s ending)

sonicboy112's avatar
just remembered this amazing piece of art today cuz of the finale!

Also definitely remember this being one of the first pieces of fanart that really showed me what the series was capable of!

All the background details and plot/lore implications make it an entire story in one picture and a glimpse into how the series may end!

Just wanted to say thanks for inspiring that all those years ago
EverlastingJoy's avatar
This was one of the first pieces of fanwork I ever saw when I joined the fandom back in September of 2011. It was one of the first I showed on my podcast back in November of that same here. Here we are now some 8 years on the cusp of the show's grand finale. I figured I'd take the time to comment one more time on this wonderful piece.

Not in my wildest dreams did I think this show would last as long as it did. Not in my wildest dreams did I think it'd actually go out properly instead of what usually befalls (kids') shows and they are dropped like a hot frying pan. For better or for worse, the show did better than survive, it thrived. It thrived by defying all expectations, both about what a girls' show should be and the general audience's as well.

Having been in this fandom for as long as I have, I've seen the momentous, the disastrous, the brilliant, the foolish, the joyous, the depressing, the triumphant and defeated. I've seen so many things, so many wonderful things, things I wouldn't trade away. It is an honor to have them.

As I revisit this piece, I now see that perhaps the title is far more fitting now just as it was back then. It's time for one last episode viewing of this generation of pony. It's time for our last parade as we march into tomorrow so bittersweetly. It's time for one last parade as we say good-bye to one chapter in our lives as all of us now move on to the next (hopefully) exciting chapter.

Looking back on this piece, you captured this bittersweet scene so well. Everypony celebrating the many good works and deeds of Twilight Sparkle, but I can't help but feel Spike and Celestia, being far closer to her, know what this means. Her time is coming to an end, and while they should be happy, and in some sense are, there's a twinge of sadness mixed in. Let the public admire and celebrate her life and work, but they celebrate her for being her.

Here's to the future. Let's make it a good one.
ColonelBSacquet's avatar
Hey, Pinkie's in the background, as young and vibrant as ever.
Alexander941's avatar
Is that Twilights funeral parade?
How sad, I thought she became immortal.
Oreeaak's avatar
She's not an alicorn in this though. This was made long before she became one.
LittleDanfia20's avatar
this makes me sad D':
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MythicalTheWolf101's avatar
Yay I find pinkie pie on the finish of the art!
YoshiRingo's avatar
so this is where you got your adorable Spike icon X3
For some reason, I get the impression in this 'verse Twilight Sparkle passed away not long after this parade. State funeral, of course.
nightcore0's avatar
Is she dead? And if she is why is everyone cheering and Pinkie is as young as ever?
SnapCentino's avatar
And in a way, everypony's there for it. Some in more ways than others.
shadowspirit777's avatar
has anyone noticed pinkie pie in the backround?
Jester--Girl's avatar
Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] The feels... The feels are strong with this one.
Lpslover67494's avatar
The only thing is that spike will never get wings, remember on the episode where spike grows up, but he doesn't get any wings so he will never get them.
Hebbocake's avatar
That's still debatable. The dragons he met never found it "weird" he didn't have his wings yet or any at all even though they all had them. 
Spike has grown multiple times in the show. Once by greed and once by sheer magical prowess that made him into a derp dragon. 

Everytime this happened he has also grown without good proportions. I think that with much time he well eventually grown proportionally and with all his assets.
Ranluka's avatar
Eh.. thats not necessarily true.... in that episode his growth is from the greed rather then time. Given that every other adult dragon we've seen has wings...  It's possible wings come at a certain age and cannot be rushed... :)
Lpslover67494's avatar
I have a bit of a theory that when spike first hatched he didn't have enough time to start developing his wings because of the burst of magic twilight sparkle had and made spike a huge (and derpy) dragon.
Bluemansonic's avatar
my gosh....this is so adorable/heart-wrenching!
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