Today's Wonder of the World is...A Parade!
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I love a parade. Do you?
We were too busy Thanksgiving morning with sitting out on the screen porch (yey for November in South Carolina) yakking with family and snarfing down my sister-in-law Swanee's incredible crab dip to watch it on television. But thank goodness my smartypants/parade loving son Sam taped it.
Did you see it? It was fantastic!
Some day I'd love to go to New York and watch it in person. That is, providing I can bring some South Carolina weather with me--or at least a warm coat. Those dancers looked cold!
I wonder who invented parades.
Was it the Flintstones?
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Or maybe that Emperor with the New Clothes. Remember that story from your childhood?
I love small town parades.
The marching bands...
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And the kiddie floats...
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Have you ever been in a parade?
When I was little, I marched in the Raleigh Christmas Parade with some kids from my neighborhood. Our theme was Christmas Around the World and I got to wear a kimono and put chopsticks in my hair. It was very exciting, but the best part was the hot chocolate at the end of the route. That, and waving at all the people.
If I had had a camera, I might have taken a picture of them.
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That car ride would have been nice too. I remember how exhausted I was at the end of the route.
Hey, maybe that's why my mother signed me up!
No wonder some folks like an armchair view.
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Well, that's a different take on it.
For some reason, parades and hot dogs just go together.
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Small or big!
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Have you ever sausage a float?
And of course, a Thanksgiving Parade must always end with the arrival of the Big Guy in Red!
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On a fire engine.
Does this strike you as weird, or is it just me? If he can't arrive by sleigh, why not in a red convertible? And come to think of it, what is Santa doing at a Thanksgiving Parade? He's a busy man. Why not mark the end of the parade with a big turkey, or the Great Pumpkin, or a giant can of cranberry sauce walking the route, shaking hands?
But I suppose that would be weirder than Santa on a fire engine.
Just in case you missed the parade on TV, here's one of my favorite moments. I love how the Macy's Parade always gives a peek into what's currently on Broadway. If I ever do make it to New York, I want to see In The Heights!
Before you go dance off to the rest of your day, tell me, have you ever been in a parade? Or seen any big ones? What is your favorite part? Or are you like my dear husband, who'd rather watch paint dry?
Have a wonder-full Monday, everyone!