Tags: vancouver, christmas.
Motorcycle cop gets his Christmas spirit on...
Stiltwalker awes the kids of all ages...
Santa makes an appearance in all that fog.
OK - better late than never, right? It's been a couple of busy week for us, what with more visits to the vets (blood work, dental work and micro-chipping), errands, deadlines and a multitude of minor crises.
But I still had to share this with y'all, cause it really did get me in the holiday spirit.
We got to the parade route about an hour and a half before it started, as the DS wanted a spot curbside - he knows I have the world's worst luck, and always end up behind the tallest, widest guy in the crowd, so I really DID appreciate it even though I was a little cranky at having to leave my nice warm bed.
The day was perfect - a dense fog kept the tops of the towers hidden, and the air had that frosty tang to it that we normally only get when snow is due. Armed with coffee, gloves and layers of fleece, the DS and I hung out and watched as the curbside spots filled with portable chairs, strollers and sleeping bags. I was impressed by how organized the parents seemed - within a matter of minutes from arrival they would have their chairs set out and their kids tucked in under layers of blankets and the previously mentioned sleeping bags.
The excitement was palpable, and I honestly can't say who was more excited - the kids, their parents, or their dogs. After all, there were equal numbers of kids and dogs all dressed up as cute as can be - reindogs and reinkids, santa hats and antlers, jingle bells (big and little) and even a few carefully done up elves, complete with delicate pointy ears.
This was all in the crowd, mind you.
Of course we got right into it, and happily left our dignity behind when we donned bright red noses and antlers. Who says you have to be all serious when you're a grown up? I own appliances and have life insurance - I've fulfilled my serious quota for the year...
For those of you who missed the parade - Global TV will be televising the full thing on Saturday, December 3rd from 1 - 2:30pm. Check your listings for details.