Get your holiday spirit on
December 4, 2011 | With temperatures in the 50s and a light breeze, it definitely felt like winter at this year's Festival of Lights Parade. The streets were packed as the estimated 80,000 people streamed into town for this annual event. The bad news was that traffic and parking were a mess. The good news was that since we had to park so far away from the parade route, that once we reached the car afterwards, getting back home was a piece of cake.
We chose to watch this year from directly in front of the Palm Canyon Theatre, where they made a bundle by selling coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies; had they shown even a little greed, they could have doubled the price and sold just as much. There was a constant line in front of the booth, from before the parade until it ended.
On a technical note, I think I got some of the best pictures this year with my trusty Panasonic Lumix camera. To compensate for my increasing shakiness, I used a monopod, which made a big difference.
The minders for the giant balloons were grateful, I'm sure, that the fierce winds of earlier in the afternoon had abated.
And, as usual, the world famous dancing tractor was the hit of the parade, having been gussied up this year with new, colored lighting (it's always been all white before).
Let the holidays begin!
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