December 5, 2011

Christmas Parade!

Some friends and I walked down the little lane by my house to watch the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade and we had a ball. The parade lasted more than two hours, but we didn’t. We got chilled and, to be honest, a little bored. How many marching bands, high-steppers and motorcycles can you watch before they all blur together. IMG_7086But we had some children with us and they loved it – especially the part where the people in the parade threw candy and toys to them. We’re lucky to be right at the start of the parade route, so goodies were plentiful.

In Baltimore, there’s always loads of purple and many ravens to be found.IMG_7092 It’s because of our football team, the Ravens, whose colours are black and purple.IMG_7095 Yesterday was no exception.

And what would a Christmas Parade be without Star Wars characters?  With guns?IMG_7102Or Marie Antoinette with a working snow globe embedded in her bouffant hair-do!IMG_7127 Of course, when Ma Petite Shoe, the store that sells both shoes and chocolate sponsors you, why not?

There were Masons galore, in cars, on motorcycles and even on flying carpets. This guy brought his dog, who brought his bear. How funny is that!!! God knows that Connor would have been off like a shot if I tried this!IMG_7161Of course, there were loads of fabulous vintage cars, including this Barracuda,IMG_7133a Kaiser Manhattan,IMG_7181and the Grinch in a muscle car.IMG_7164Traffic lights were no impediment for Frosty-the-Snowman!

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One thing that might be unique to Baltimore is the tradition of neighbourhood high-stepping groups. I admire these kids for their work on their routines, and willingness to go out in public in such amazing outfits. See for yourself.IMG_7144

Who says that green tie-dye velour cat suits aren’t in vogue!IMG_7199I didn’t know you could still buy white go-go boots. IMG_7194I worried that these poor girls would catch a chill. IMG_7200But I have to tell you, the drumming is just amazing, and the kids start as young as eight years old.

I know that everyone loved it, as evidenced by this cutie-pie and his son dad.IMG_7198It really was a fun way to start the season, and even more fun that it was so close to the new house!


  1. Great pics, Meg! I had no idea that the Grinch was a Shriner!

  2. Dear Auntie Meg: Sorry we missed it!! If it weren't held on the Sunday we were coming back exhausted from the Disney trip, we would've been there. DEFINITELY sign us up next year!!!

    Miss M.A.

    P. S.: I'm sure you could find some white go-go boots online if you looked for them -- I'm sure you can find them in your size!! LOL

  3. I love a parade Meg, however can only take about an hour especially if it is freezing out!!

    Our Friend Vicki from French Essence has offered her duo of books to 2 winners! We are on our 5th day of Holiday Giveaways with 4 events being open! I hope you will visit!

    Art by Karena

  4. Love that you got a shot of Katiecakes and took photos so I didn't have to go. We were both sick as dogs this week so thanks for the documentation.

  5. Hi Meg, I was one of the Star Wars charecters, one of the clones to be exact. Just some fyi they are "blasters" not "guns". They are props. Have a great holiday and thanks for mentioning us.


  6. Meg, sounds like you're enjoying the season in your new place. I'm so glad!


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