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Another Christmas Parade

Back in December, McKayla, Grandpa and I went to another Christmas parade and once again, it was because Chris was marching with his JROTC class. It wasn't as cold as the parade we went to the week before that but it WAS rainy. Luckily, we found a spot under Ace Hardware's awning that was nice and dry.

Because Chris was participating in the parade, we had to arrive an hour or so before the parade started. We were also at the END of the parade route so as to collect Chris easier after the parade was over, which meant the parade took longer to get to us, so McKayla and Grandpa took a stroll to relieve the boredom and wait for the parade to get to us (it was worth it in the end* :-) ).

Finally! The parade is coming but so is the rain :-(. JROTC is first in line once again. Which was great b/c that meant that we could watch the parade together. :-)

I ranted briefly on last parade's post about the teachers (or whoever) taking their (the kids) dress jackets away from them at the end of the parade when it was 30 degrees out. Well, apparently, several parents had a few words or questioned them b/c this time, they were able to keep their jackets and just had to return them the following Monday when they went back to school. Makes sense! I can't believe they took them last time......

Ok, enough words, you came for the pictures, so here they are! :-D

These poor parade riders, having to wear ponchos.

Clearly not part of the parade, but pretty important to have
nonetheless! They were great sports and were waving as
they walked along behind the horses. Say it with me:
"It's a shitty job, but somebody's gotta do it!"

Cute Corgi butts! :-D

I spy someone pretty important!

Hi Santa!

Even with the cold and the rain (more like mist), we all had a great time. McKayla racked up on the candy thrown. One of the perks of being at the end* of the parade route, is the parade attendees trying to clear out the rest of their candy. McKayla even ended up with a mini Beanie Baby bear. :-)


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