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Monday, November 30, 2009

Festival of Lights

We (Sophia, David, DZ, Adeline and I) ushered in the Christmas season Sunday night by attending the Los Altos Festival of Lights parade.

The first parade took place thirty two years ago and consisted of a small gathering of some costumed storybook characters and a jolly Santa Claus. It has grown to include a dazzling display of lighted floats, local high school marching bands (Adeline and I think Monta Vista's band was the best with Mountain View coming a close second), glowing costumed characters, vintage cars carrying the town's elected officials, and of course, ending with the numero uno highlight--Santa with his reindeer!

Our family started attending the parade ever since we moved here 23 years ago. Since we live so close, we are able to walk to town. Last night the streets were lined with grandparents cradling their grandchildren, parents with kids hoisted on their shoulders, and babies in strollers. It was a joy to my ears to hear the kids squeal with delight as each illuminated float or costumed character passed by. I am certain the clear cool night contributed to the large crowd (at least 20,000).

Sophie and David and their IPhones waiting for the parade to begin. Adeline wishing she had an IPhone to pass the time away.

At least 50 snowflakes dancing down the street.

David's favorite float--he wants a house with a picket fence.

The arrival of Santa and his reindeer.

I am so glad to live in a town with such a memorable tradition.


GwennyMac said...

Dang!!! I missed the Festival of Lights parade...again!! Looks fantastic. I'm buying my 2010 Day Book and writing in the Festival of Lights parade now so I don't miss it next year!

Packet of Seeds said...

I'll make sure to give you a call next year. It really is a fun event.

BTW--we sure did miss you at Tday.

GwennyMac said...

Oh likewise...I saw the Tday pictures...I could practically taste/smell each dish, hear the conversation, and feel the warmth of the day.

I'm not missing Christmas. (We are having Christmas, aren't we? :-))

Oh! Mom and Dad came down to our house on Friday to check out the progress on the bathrooms...it's been awhile...I just loved having them there! Was able to send them home with some supper: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26970624@N02/4141487881/