Once we found a spot on the parade route (15 blocks from our car), we enjoyed big balloon characters, marching bands, singers, dancers, and even Santa himself made an appearance. Then the parade stopped and they lowered the barrier tape so that all the kids to walk out onto the parade route and give their toys to the toy collectors. It was the moment of truth. Little Britches did not do too bad. There was not an all out fit about handing the babies over, but it was certainly not done cheerfully. But then again, I don't know that I hand things over cheerfully when I am not sure that I am going to get something better. The parade was a lesson to all of us in letting go. Letting go of the things we need to let go of so that others may have it if they need it or so that we can receive what is even better than we were hanging on to. (Like the large play kitchen waiting to be brought out of the garage and into the house on Christmas morning.) All in all we enjoyed the parade and will most likely make it an annual event as long as we can find closer parking next time.
These dancer put on quite a show! And for some reason all week I have wanted to go to Hula Hut for dinner. :)
Giving the babies to the toy collector
Playing with her own babies and giving something quite a look
Grover, in big balloon form!