Our Small Town Christmas Parade

Talk about a shocker. Yesterday I made the following statement.

We’re waiting now for the annual Christmas parade in our small town. The boys love seeing all the different police cars and fire trucks, as well as all of the floats from the different civic and church organizations. I’m planning to take video of the entire parade, which usually lasts about 10 minutes or so.

It turns out, there were some obvious cutbacks to our annual small town Christmas parade.

There was just one police car in the parade. No County Sheriff cars, no State Patrol cars, and sadly, no fire trucks. The fire station is only a mile down the road, they couldn’t bring one truck to start the parade?

The Temple High School band did great, as always, even if they were drowned out by the passing of a Norfolk Southern freight train. If it wasn’t for the various churches in our area, it seems there wouldn’t have been any floats this year either.

Where was the representation from the County Commission? Where were the politicians? The Shriners were there, but where were the veterans or any other representatives from the military? Carroll EMC, our power company, forgot to send a truck, and even Waffle House, which spread the Christmas cheer last year, was nowhere to be seen.

Santa was riding as a passenger in a red Thunderbird (not even a classic one) at the front of the parade rather than driving his sleigh at the end, and the parade was just five minutes and 15 seconds long.

There were beautiful horses at the end of the parade. I was waiting for the guy with the garbage can following the horses, but then I remembered that only happens with Sherman and Mr. Peabody.

I don’t mean to sound to harsh, but I think the people of Temple were expecting to see a bit more effort put into the parade and their children were expecting more eye candy, not actual candy.

I think it was the shortest parade I have ever seen in my life.

The following is my video of the parade. The video is completely unedited, and appears as shot from my Kodak Zi6. I did throw in some music in various places to highlight parts of the video. I hope you like it.