There are only a handful of parades that our county experiences each year and the two most popular ones are the Christmas parades: one takes place in the heart of the Business District and the other on the far west of the island.
I have to admit, it’s been a couple of years that I’ve gone to either one of these because with around 3,000 people gather in such a tiny town … yeah, not sure if it’s worth the traffic on our two lane highway. This year I went. Don’t get me wrong, it was still crowded. And I spent three and half hours sitting and waiting for the parade to begin, just so I didn’t have to fight traffic coming into town (remember that two lane highway? Yep. And it crosses over a bridge to get to town). But, I have to say I enjoyed it. It’s small, took about an hour for the floats and their respective groups to walk through, but it was nice. Simple. Nothing to flashy. And it was nice to see this parade as popular as it is today, because I remember it some 15 years ago (this is their 20th year). The first year I attended this parade, my youngest brother was in pre-school and their school was walking in the parade. It took all but 20 minutes. Yep, that small. Now, that was simple and cute. So you can imagine how different it must be today.
And being in the crowd, while I am an introvert at heart, made me remember just how much I enjoyed them. Yes, it’s no Disneyland or Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, but there is joy in watching these small floats past, the participants (especially the children) pass by and wave, the music that blares (just a scotch too loud so you can’t quite understand the lyrics), and … well, everything. Especially for a small community.
Do you have a parade you enjoy watching?