The weekend before Thanksgiving was our town’s annual Christmas parade, complete with all the bells and whistles (literally). After the parade was our church’s annual Hanging of the Greens, where we deck the halls with festive decorations (or try to, anyway). It was a full and enjoyable day, and a good send-in to herald the holiday season.
The parade was surprisingly lengthy, much to my delight. Usually, if you arrive to a small-town parade route ten minutes after it is scheduled to start, you don’t miss a thing. Small-town parades almost never start on time. If you arrive five minutes after the parade has actually started, you’ve missed it. Small-town parades are notoriously short.
Fun was had by all on a bright, sunny day! I only posted a fraction of the pictures I took that day. Here are some highlights:
Meet Hoodie Boy.
He’s the young man in the purple hoodie who will be in many of the pictures, or at least the parts of him I couldn’t crop out. He was having so much fun that he stood out in the middle of the street so no one else could see. He is crazy about candy and didn’t want to miss even one piece that was thrown! He managed to get in nearly every picture I took, so you can keep an eye out for him Where’s Waldo style!
Hoodie Boy also made it so I had to stand out too close to the parade.
I would love to have gotten a photo of the WHOLE car. But, no matter, there was too much fun going on to care very much!
Floats, at least in this parade, consisted of anything that people could sit in or stand on. Many of them were reminiscent of a hay ride.
And here is the smallest float with people in this parade…
Daughter: “Dad, I was called into work suddenly. Can you take the kids today?”
Dad: “Oh, sure, I know just the thing to do today. There’s a parade in town. The kids will love it!”
Daughter: “You’re taking them to the parade?”
Dad: “Taking them?! We’ll just be IN the parade!”
Parks and Recreation went all-out this year on their float:
Little girls in stockings hanging from the fireplace–cute idea for a float, and one of the few decorated floats.
One of the many princess candidates being driven by–no need to do any waving at the crowd when you have candy to throw!
This parade was full of fantastic cars and vehicles–only a few of them are in this post.
I always think it’s cute when a little old couple who have been sensible all their lives suddenly go out and get a car like this!
Lots of pretty flag girls and marching bands.
Hoodie Boy forced me out into the middle of the street for the occasional picture.
At the Christmas parade you can get as much candy as you do at Halloween! Everybody in the parade is throwing some!
A group from Christian Health Care were in the parade as candy throwers, while children waited and watched hopefully.
Lots of businesses were in the parade to advertise. I was most impressed with the new pizza place in town, that went all-out in this parade to advertise with cute little girls holding signs, a gorgeous dog, a pretty girl dressed as an elf throwing candy out of the company van, and a pack of adult candy throwers. Now that’s advertising!
And, of course, no parade is complete without the fast moving, rolling, spinning porta-potty!
A well-behaved pet is an asset to any parade!
I don’t know, something about this float just screams refugee camp.
And the moment every good boy and girl wait for in this parade every year….
And so ends our annual holiday parade–lots of fun and lots of flying candy! Sure hope you’ve enjoyed our little slice of pre-Christmas Ozarks Heaven!