Jingle Parade

We American’s love our parades. It is tradition for the people in a parade unit, whether float, or horses, to throw candy to children along the parade route. Below are children and adults attending to their candy bags.

That candy was wet.

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I disapprove of filters. I don’t use them but I sometimes do push levels for effect:

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If you celebrate Christmas, please, may have you have a blessed Christmas Eve.

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Jingle Parade

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Below, the Cub Scouts of Pack 3165 wait for their turn to parade and above you see them with their appreciative audience.

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I have no idea who these guys are but I like their simple float.

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Another view of the soggy parade with Jack Skellington and his Christmas Town float:
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Candy Cane Girls

Waiting to march in the parade,

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and, marching:

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Whoville

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The denizens of Whoville are waiting to roll. You can’t see it but the girls are made up and have a lot of candy to throw at children on the parade route. The trees on this float were amazing. They looked like a set from Children’s Theater. You can see the Grinch of this float behind the boy’s reindeer antlers.

Rolling

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Everyone gets involved in the parade and methods of transportation vary from Jeep to horse to float to wheelchair.

Christmas Town Awe

The kid on the right just caught sight of Jack Skellington, of Nightmare Before Christmas fame, riding on the Christmas Town float. I think that is his sister in the Lifesavers candy colored jacket, she too was really excited about Jack and had been rushing around the float waiting for the parade to start.

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Here’s Jack, the object of their awe and excitement:

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The character, Jack, was a Halloween Skeleton but he LOVED Christmas. This might have been my favorite float.

Today is Wednesday, it’s ‘Buy One, Get One’ day at Bigby’s Coffee, a Michigan institution (Take that, Starbucks!). Christmas season can be difficult, we often feel tremendous pressure to have the ‘perfect’ holiday for family and friends. Do something that brings you joy, even if it is nothing to do with Christmas, whatever you need to reset your equilibrium and bring you peace. For some people it is spending outlandish money to build a float, buy a costume, grab some friends and ride a float in the freezing rain to bring joy and awe to others. If you do this you don’t have time to bake cookies or clean the house but that’s not important. You CAN’T do it all, Hallmark is lying to you.

For me that reset button is dragging my husband to Bigby’s and buying a huge, usually Holiday themed (Pumpkin Spice for Halloween/Thanksgiving, Snowberry/whatever for Christmas), festive, well caffeinated coffee drink. It’s BOGO Wednesday! AKA Heavily caffeinated Wednesday!!

Then one of us spills our coffee drink in the car and the other rushes to clean it up. Human’s thrive on ritual and tradition. It’s what we do.

This Guy

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I don’t know if this was planned…the suit…the tractor…but I LOVE this guy!

Family

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How does the song go, Rainy Days and Mondays? This young family had a great curbside seat and was waiting for the parade to begin.

Parade Bling

The Christmas light tiara and necklace are THE must have style of Christmas 2018!

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Waiting Scouts

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You usually see these utility trailers hauling everything from snowmobiles to junk cars. I prefer this load of 6-7 year old Cub Scouts patiently waiting for their part in the parade to begin.

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