It took us five years and Laura's truck, trailer and determination to get us to take part in the Christmas in the 'Ville event - and now we're determined to come back again. We'll admit to being thankful to have picked the warmest year for our first run, because even though it was the warmest year - it was still very cold. We definitely learned where to make changes for a colder year.
This cute thing was pulled by the Grinch, but the rim cracked on the basket just before the parade started. It got put in the back of a pick-up truck and the Grinch rode solo on his mini-bike, in charge of signaling the beginning of the pilot's flame waves.
We were placed just before Santa Claus. The parade organizer was well aware of our crew's behaviors, and this was the best way to keep us in check. It may or may not have worked.
The placement also gave us the advantage of some of the best view of the front of the parade.
There was a Hawaiian theme going on, but some of the crew didn't get that memo until the day of, so our costumes were pretty non-existent, with the exception of our fabulous pilot. We're taking over his email next year so we'll know the theme a little earlier.
This was fantastic.
The crowds were amazing. From the crowds came so many shouts of "Merry Christmas!!", "Thank you for doing this!!" "Fire it up!!" "Sharyn!!!" [I know a lot of people] and "Happy New Year!!"
Truly awesome and heartwarming.
My body, however, took four hours to warm up afterwards. Even the after-parade soup from the post-parade banquet couldn't make a dent in the chill that took over. We'll definitely be more prepared for a colder year.
Best crew ever.
Thanks, Rick, for taking our photo!
Oh, and mom - Rick may have overheard me mentioning that you're coming for Christmas. I wish I could have captured the way the alertness took over. His eyes got big and his head popped right up. Rick is wondering if you'd have room to bring down a couple dozen of his favorite pasties. (Tony's) He'd pay me and I could paypal you. Let me know. ;)