It's a great day for a parade when the sun is shining
and the weather is breezy and warm.
But what if it's hovering at freezing,
and wet snow is spitting from a sodden sky?
I almost wimped out of one of my favorite holiday events:
The Parker Christmas Carriage Parade.
Every year the Town of Parker and the Colorado Driving Society
hold this wonderful event on the second Saturday of December.
Well the second Saturday in December rolled around,
and I wanted to pull the covers over my head.
I didn't need to look out the window to know it was not good.
But then I thought about all the people involved in the parade
feeding, watering, and loading their animals,
their prized carriages and wagons, all that equipment,
and hitting the back roads and highways for Parker.
I thought about all those high school kids
dressing in their band uniforms,
the 4H kiddos and the Boy Scouts,
little kids, big kids, adults of all ages
getting ready to march in the raw weather;
the police, the street sweepers,
the firemen and paramedics,
and all the amazing volunteers
who make this parade possible
getting ready to do what they had to do.
What if there was a parade and nobody came?
That thought was enough to propel me out the door
and down Inspiration into Parker.
I'm so glad I went!!!
Tons of people turned out,
bundled up against the cold,
and in high spirits.
Turns out it was a great day for a parade!
Parker was decked out in its Christmas finery.
And people were there to enjoy themselves.
What struck me most about this year's parade
was its tremendous heart.
From the get-go, its participants toughed it out
as the temperature dropped and the weather worsened.
With smiles and determination they spread Christmas joy.
Off to a Traditional Start
Parker Trail Riders
Parker Police Sergeant Joe Cummings,
the 2015 Parade Grand Marshal
The Back Meets the Front ~
Making a Parade in Two Directions
One of the Many Volunteers in Orange Vests
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
See you next year, God Willing!
Note: If any of you can identify an entry and wish me to add a caption to a picture, I will.
I don't know a lot about horses, except that they are magnificent creatures.