Saturday night our small town had it's annual Christmas parade. The time and date of this tradition has changed over the 35yrs that I've lived here. It used to be on a Monday night. That made it interesting for us since we used to have office hours on Monday nights and our parking lot would fill up with parade goers fighting for space with our patients. We lived above the office and our front windows faced the street that the paraded ended on. That was fun because we didn't have to bundle up the kiddos and stand outside and freeze! Then the parade moved to the Saturday before Thanksgiving...during the day. They called it a "holiday" parade and many marching groups were dressed up as Pilgrims and Indians. I'm thinking it competed with some football game from Ohio State. I'm not sure if that's what prompted the next time move. Now it's back to a night parade and it's on the first Saturday of December. We lucked out this year because the weather was very mild....in the 50's...not windy...not raining. I have never seen such a large turnout for a parade. There were 54 floats...that's a lot for us! Plus I thought almost all the floats were wonderful..very colorful. The marching bands sounded festive and the little Boy and Girl Scout troops and various other organizations marched with fun and enthusiasm. The traditional "candy throw" to the kiddos on the sidelines made me as nervous as when my boys were little. I always think someone is going to get run over trying to grab some goodies. (You'd think after 35yrs. I'd relax...nah!) Here's an example of the floats:
This next one is a replica of a place called "Grandpa's Cheesebarn" It looks just like the real Cheesebarn...except I've never see the giant mice there!
The marching "Sweet 16's" ...a dance group from our local High School. So fast they were just a blur!
The very last float has the "Big Guy" himself...Santa. Here's a pic of Addy's face when he's fast approaching.
That's the look of a happy kiddo!
A quick pic by a Christmas tree after the parade was over and then the girls came home with me so Phil and Amanda could go out for Amanda's birthday. I thought the girls would be exhausted after being busy all day and the long parade. Hah! Silly Me....they were ready to be fun and silly. We had a good time and they stayed overnight. As a Mommo of all boys, having girls around is still a learning experience. Oh, remind me to thank whoever gave them the lighted light sabers. They may be girlie girls, but they swing a mean saber!
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