December 07, 2005

A bit lighter fare.

As I mentioned Monday, we went to the Christmas parade Saturday, and I took a billion photos of it. Luckily for you, you will only be forced to see a small sampling!

They're down below in the extended entry, but one word of caution--most are taken from an ant's perspective. I figured there was absolutely no reason to stand up when I could sit down.


Well, before we even get to the parade, I figured you might want to see Catherine's wonderful decorating job she did on the Christmas tree

Here she is
and here is the tree

Actually, she didn't do all of that--she tended to concentrate her efforts on the lower two rows of branches.

AND, before we get to the parade, there was the beginner band concert!

AND, before they played, we had to wait! Which created no small amount of discomfort for Tiny Terror, who decided she didn't like having to wait. And so she got a talking-to.

Here are all the band members on stage, finally--

And where is Boy, you ask? Way in the back. I tried my best to zoom in on him, but none of those pictures are light enough to see. Next best thing? Zoom in on that picture above. I think that's his little head floating there above those two girls in the foreground of this picture--

HEY! There's the little stinker!

NOW THEN--on to the parade. In a minute. We have to wait first. Here are the girls, waiting.

And waiting.

And waiting.

WAIT NO MORE! It's the fire truck!

and the marching band!

and the cheerleaders High-steppers! (sorry)

and Boy in his hat!

and canine humiliation!

and dune buggy Shriners!

and hillbilly Shriners!

and much consternation!

and karate do!

and famous celebrities!

and beauty queens!

and despite her very best efforts to avoid having her photograph made, Oldest goes elfin'!

She wouldn't look our way when we were over on the start of the parade route, so we had to walk across the mall to the end to be able to snap that one. You can run, but you can't hide, you know.

SO, there was your parade!

Posted by Terry Oglesby at December 7, 2005 11:22 AM

Yay! And I see it was a proper parade with candy being tossed at the multitudes.

Posted by: Sarah G. at December 7, 2005 12:10 PM

You better believe it! We probably picked up ten pounds worth. Which we'll probably wind up giving out at Halloween next year.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 7, 2005 12:29 PM

What fun!

Small town parades really are part of what makes America a great place to call home.

Posted by: Nate at December 7, 2005 01:29 PM

And I forgot all about getting a stuffed Counting Sheep from the good folks on the Serta Mattress float! Good ol' #38.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 7, 2005 01:36 PM

Something about guys hanging out at the parade in a short sleeve T-shirt takes away from the "Christmas-y" spirit. There'e no mistaking that Rebecca is yours - does she let you help her with her Jr. Sodoku puzzles?

Maybe next year you can have some action shots of the street urchins scramblin' for the candy. We have a Peach Parade in June down the road from us, and Li'l Tater does pretty good on the candy haul there. No candy for our local Christmas parade (that was last week), though he could not have grabbed any since he was on one of the floats.

Posted by: MarcV at December 7, 2005 02:06 PM

I haven't even gotten to LOOK at her puzzle book, much less help her with them. Not that I would be much help. And if Spud, Jr.'s on the float, that means he should score more than anyone else! He just has to remember not to throw any!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 7, 2005 02:24 PM

Which celebrity was that? The late, unlamented Marge Schott?

I'd check the candy for poison if it was.

Posted by: skinnydan at December 7, 2005 03:56 PM

No, silly! One of the famous Chick-Fil-A cows! They are just a stitch!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 7, 2005 03:59 PM

Y'all Alabama Yankees sure are ... um, different. Where's the beads, the flamboux and the drunks? Oh, I'm sorry, I mixed Mardi Gras with your parade, tho it remains to be seen if there will even be a NOLa Mardi Gras next year. Anyway it looked like a good time was had by all, including Miss TeenAge Angst. I thought I'd mention we have here in NOLaNorth much weeping and lamentations that -7ºf is too cold. Ah well, such is life on the Mississippi.

p.s. Where ina da heck do you find new dune buggy stuff. I mean it's hared to even find old VW's to make into one.

Posted by: Tony von Krag at December 7, 2005 08:41 PM

Believe it or not, there actually were some bead throws this year--if you look at the "Consternation" picture, you see Cat has some.

Thank heavens she didn't have to yank her shirt up to get them.

As for dune buggy parts, they may be more plentiful around here, I don't know. But the Shriners always bring around 10 of their cars with them, so apparently they have some sort of secret Masonic deal for Veedub parts.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 8, 2005 08:14 AM

You didn't have to pull up your shirt, did you?

Posted by: skinnydan at December 8, 2005 10:50 AM

I, er, ummm...LOOK! A BADGER!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 8, 2005 11:00 AM