Marco Island, FL – December, 2017 It’s a little difficult sometimes to get into the holiday spirit down here in the tropics. Eighty degree weather just doesn’t scream Merry Christmas to me. And having most of your friends and family 1,200 miles away means there is a limited number of social engagements.
So we decided to attend the Marco Island Christmas Parade on December 16th. It takes place after dark. Pretty sure it’ the first illuminated parade we’ve attended.
While driving to the island we cranked some Christmas tunes on. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is our favorite. We attended their concerts several times around the holidays in Christmases past.
We arrived at the end of the parade route about a half hour early and parked a little way out so we could make a quick exit when the parade was over. We then walked about a half mile to the middle of the one mile parade route. The crowd was festive and it was fun to see the excitement of the many little ones.
We enjoyed the resident’s lawn decorations along the way.
And walked across a vacant lot to catch the sunset over the canal.
Then we waited. And waited. The parade was supposed to start at 6 and the route wasn’t very long so we were getting pretty restless standing there. At 6:30 we agreed to give it 10 more minutes.
Five minutes later a group of motorcycles came roaring up the street, led by a motorcycle cop with his siren and lights blaring. Most of the bikes and their riders were decked out in lights and costumes.
Then there was a lull of around 5 minutes before the next group came through led by a Veterans of Foreign War Color Guard and followed by other veterans.
Then the parade continued steadily, mostly with lighted automobiles.
The Volkswagen Thing was one of Jim’s favorites.
Mine was this Bug.
Also in attendance was the oldest marching band I have ever seen. I didn’t catch their name.
It was a good time and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Being out and about was certainly better for us than watching TV after dinner. And we did catch a little holiday spirit.
We’ll make a concerted effort to try to hold onto it for a couple weeks. We are driving to Alabama to celebrate Christmas with my whole family on New Year’s weekend. We are looking forward to that and hoping they do NOT have a white Christmas or New Years!