At a little past 6:30 we hopped in the van, bedecked in our Santa hats, Christmas lights necklaces, winter coats and gloves, and drove downtown to park near the main river that carries larger crafts through our community. We walked around a little to find a perfect spot.
|A sleepy looking Joshua - actually not sleepy, just mid-blink.|
|We were trying different camera settings to get the lights in their full display, so when we took this one of the girls it was still on that setting. Bad for still photos, but catches their Christmas attire. :)|
We soon found a boatload (pun intended:)) of people lining the river. A popular restaurant in the river had a ton of people awaiting the arrival, too. The atmosphere was pretty cool. We only waited a couple of minutes before we saw lights show up around the bend in the river several hundred yards away.
|This is the view of the restaurant, across the river from where we stood|
There were small boats, large boats, a few yachts, a couple fire boats, the state patrol boat, and one or two that referenced crabbing, so possible work boats, too. It was awesome. The fire boat led the way and did a few donuts in the water - so fun, and played Christmas music. All were decorated to the hilt with Christmas lights and other ornaments.
|Blurry picture of one of the fire boats|
|We were at the end of the parade route and so the boats would turn around and start their way back to the yacht club|
What a fun new family holiday tradition. :)