Well, after all the planning, running around to get everything together and praying that we would not get caught in a down pour, it was finally time for the big night. The 2010 Huntington Beach Christmas Parade was about to take place.
While we were waiting in the parking lot the girls took a few pictures. Even Chase got in on the action.
Haili was not there yet but would soon show up.
Many of the Troops were going to wear hats to show they were in the same Troop. I found these cute snowflake headbands for the girls to wear. The theme of the parade this year was snowflakes so I thought it would be perfect.
I got no less then a dozen people telling me the girls looked so cute and wanting to know where I got the headbands. The girls were also asked where they got them while they were in the store.
I was surprised we were the only Troop with them since they were not hard to find. They came from Target.
The girls are lined up and waiting for the parade to start. I had forgotten the banner but, thanks to my sick sister, Patty, who brought it to us, we were put in the front to lead the section of Juniors because we had the best banner.
Thankfully the rain had let up when it was time to walk the parade route.
It was at this point, I turned the camera over to Jesse's dad, Don. He was kind enough to take the rest of the photos so I could spend my time watching the girls and enjoying the fun time we had. Thanks Don!
While we didn't get to see them, there were old cars decked out in Holiday cheer, bands playing, groups of dancers and of course hundreds of Scouts who were also in the parade with us.
Jesse had just gotten her braces and was happy to show them off to anyone who asked to see them.
While the German Shepard dog seems to be looking like she lost her dignity in that outfit, these dogs were the hit with the girls.
The girls took turns holding the banner and handing out candy canes to the crowd. There were more people there then I thought there would be.
The girls seemed to really have fun handing out the candy canes to the kids...and some adults.
Even though there are only four girls in our Troop, everyone thought we had a really big Troop because all the other Troops were in back of us and looked like they were part of our Troop too.
We had people clapping for us, yelling good cheers to us and everyone made us feel as if we were celebrities.
The girls did an excellent job! They kept up with the group and didn't run ahead. They smiled and waved just like pros! Most of all, they had a blast.
We all agreed the parade route was to short as we wanted to continue on. However, we reached the pier and part of the Christmas entertainment was over.
Some of the girls stayed with their family to enjoy the rest of the planned fun, some went home and some went out to eat.
It was a great night and I am very happy we participated in this activity. I hope everyone else was too.