Neighborhood parades are like a child’s “15 minutes”. I LOVE THEM and I happen to have had some pretty spectacular parade performances in my day. Back home, the big neighborhood parade was always on 4th of July. One year the community float was a giant apple pie (why I could not tell you) and all the kids dressed up like apples. My mom helped me make a giant worm to carry by stuffing socks into panty hose but it really just turned into a way to smack people. The next year our float was a giant tree house. The theme had some sort of club house/Little Rascals feel. Boys with super soakers and girls with…no defense mechanism. That was a fun one… The last parade I can remember being in I volunteered to participate with the local gym; AKA workout-with-personal-trainers-for-the-entire-parade-route-while-holding-back-gasps-in-order-to-attempt-to-smile-and-wave.
The parade was always such a moment of glory for me. So many people clapping and all I had to do is walk next to a truck? Needless to say, I’m sure we’ll all take a moment reminisce on our parade participation days this Saturday at Downtown Boulder’s 24th Annual Lights of December Parade. 53 floats and entries created by local groups and businesses are participating this year and will begin their ever awaited “15 minutes” at 6 p.m. on 15th and Walnut. (For the full parade route click here!) The event is free and open to the public and parking in all of the City of Boulder Parking lots is also FREE. My lovely supervisor, Eli, says the parade always evokes a homey small-town feel, especially with all of the cute kids. So bundle up and get in the holiday spirit while supporting your community members this Saturday night.
P.S. A little insider tip…listen for trivia questions at the reviewing stands for your chance to win a Downtown Boulder gift card (and maybe freshen up on your Downtown Boulder facts and history). Just saying…