Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Parade

Small town America comes to Key West once a year in the form of a holiday parade that brings out all those homey Jimmy Stewart feelings that a sophisticated little town like Key West likes to hide much of the year.

The holiday parade is performed Key West style, so there are flags and bunting to spare but also floats hauling cross-dressing adults waving with lots of good cheer,

...while right behind them come the church floats and cheerful kiddie cartoon characters.

This is what you expect to see, little pirates looking mildly confused and excited as they assemble at Bayview Park for the march down Truman.

And there's Doug Bennett planning his next week on the island
This Week

Small town float, borrowed perhaps from Fantasy Fest.

Nan was volunteering for the SPCA reminding me where my wife spotted Cheyenne two years ago, loping down Truman wearing an "Adopt Me" jacket. So I did the next day.

And we're still blissfully happy my dog and I. They throw candy from the floats and Cheyenne got a lot more of it than I did. So she was more indigested than I was the next day.

Check out this hubcap. One way up it said:

Then as the wheel turned it said:

Small town cute. As are these legs:

Women dancers in full dress, small town.

Key West Business Guild was on the road, much more specifically Key West.

Closely followed by...

"Oh my God!" he squealed, she wasn't meant to get that, as Cheyenne snatched the candy he threw.

No problem I tried to reassure him my dog is indestructible. After she was done only the stick was left of the decapitated lollipop:

Santa boxing with the Easter Bunny? The Miata club always puts on a good show.

Gary the Carpenter had a banner seeking funds to get the Key West Nutcracker back on the stage. A fabulous underwater production that cost hundreds of thousands to stage and didn't survive the Recession. The little fish were out and about looking every bit as cute as they did on stage.

Fifth Street Baptist Church gave my Jewish wife a couple of candy canes to remind her of the real meaning of Christmas.

The Chabad Temple was in the parade too, because this is a holiday parade. Once it was a Christmas Parade but the organizers didn't want homosexuals of the Metropolitan Church in the parade so the city started it's own holiday parade, everyone welcome in the spirit of One Human Family.

And this delightful mish mash of big ideas and small town is the result.

Police Chief Donie Lee was on hand to keep the floats moving.

Zero Emissions No Noise.

A marching band, some cheerleaders and flag twirling,

...and so we called it a wrap as the parade faded into the night down Truman Avenue.

Out came the street sweepers to restore order and clear crushed candies and lost wrappers from the gutters.

Every time someone tells you how great Fantasy Fest was tell them about the holiday parade. They'll never believe the old song says...when you tell them what a cute small town, truly local Fest this is.

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Chuck and the Pheebs said...

You got the pic of Eddie "The Grinch" Chapman!

Conchscooter said...

My flash was giving me fits. I'm amazed you recognized him. The light camera idea is sound, even though yours came out nicely.

David B. said...

Those who complained about the gaps in the parade did not see the absolute glee on the faces of the kids scooping up candy and treats in the block where I watched. Obviously it was timed for great effect, and they went home with tons of loot and booty.

Conchscooter said...

Anyone who complains about anything associated with the parade deserves lumps of coal. We had a great time.