This afternoon was the Port Orange Christmas parade, one of my favorite events of the holiday season. This year the parade lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. The kids could have been in it, but they chose not to. I like to think they're like me and like watching the parade, waving at all of our friends. In reality, however, they just like getting the candy. This is the first year I encouraged the candy - Alexander's birthday party is on Saturday, and we'll use the candy to help decorate our gingerbread houses.
I always enjoy watching our parade. All of the local businesses, it seems, participate. They decorate floats, cars, trucks, even a bulldozer! This year's theme was "Sun, Snow and Sand," which doesn't make a lot of sense in Florida. Especially this year, when we were sitting there, slathered in sunscreen, sweating in 80 degree weather. There's nothing like watching a Christmas parade in shorts! We even rode our bikes there and back to avoid the traffic congestion.
The above pictures are: The boys waiting for the parade, the start of the parade, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (??), a singing reindeer in a race car, and our church float, which Benjamin and Alexander helped design.