A Real Parade

I was thrilled to get to watch a parade that did not require hot glue and poster putty.

This real parade was in the mountain town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

I will spare you commentary.  Enjoy the parade.

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I will mention my favorite character in the parade.  Let’s call her Sparkle.

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She came through three times. I think she cut the corner and came back around.

I love a parade!

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The Parade of Characters

There are three parades each year that I try not to miss.

The Blowing Rock parade on Thanksgiving weekend is one of them.

I am always glad to see some of the same characters every year.

The leader is a lady clown on her three-wheeler with a basket and balloons.

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Among the old trucks is the “Mater” truck with a stained glass window and a swing for a seat.

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I always look forward to the woman pulling the tiny truck carrying a Christmas tree.

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There are also noisy groups of happy cloggers.

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and dance troupes.

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A Grinch or two shows up.

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Anyone can join in the parade.  Big or little.

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Two legs or four legs.

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We debated whether this was Scooby Doo or a Kangaroo?

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I see all this as an opportunity for anyone to stop traffic and strut their stuffing.

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It’s such a family friendly event.

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Santa brings up the rear riding in a bucket firetruck.

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I love this parade of characters.

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The Town Parade

We always watch the parade from the funeral home. They have an awning for shade.

The Troutman parade never disappoints.

It’s a mix of characters and critters,

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cars and campers,

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patriotic symbols and patriots,

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and of course there’s a band,

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advertisements for businesses,

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even real animals

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but my FAVORITE of all slipped quietly by in the midst of all the action and noise.

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A precious little lady in her bonnet, shyly waving to the crowd.

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Oh! I love a parade.

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