Tuesday, December 4, 2007

City sidewalks, Busy sidewalks...

From the lovely song Silver Bells. I currently have the Mahalia Jackson version on my iPod.

Oh, and this post is NSFDU (not safe for dial-up). It's mostly pictures, and it would take you dial up people most of the day to load I fear.

So, pictures from the 3rd Annual Lighted Christmas Parade in Savannah. I got as many as I could before the camera battery died on me, and many of them are a bit blurry because, well, duh, it was dark out and everyone was moving. My only consolation is that the photographer from the Savannah Morning News didn't have much more luck than I did! His pics in the paper were a little fuzzy, too.

This is TFYO, waiting for the parade to start, bagel with cream cheese in hand. We stopped at this great little cafe, Cafe Express and Bakery on Barnard St, for a little supper. I had clam chowder. What did she want? A bagel with cream cheese. And she took it with her.

This is the view up Broughton Street, from our viewing post at the corner of Broughton and Barnard. Broughton is really starting to come alive again as a commercial area of town. There's tons of cool boutiques, plus a few chain stores like the Gap that have moved into these buildings. It gives me warm fuzzy feelings to see this in city centers.

The first float in the parade. It was for a cellular phone dealer, and the had lighted mini cell towers in the back of the truck. Pity you can't actually see it.

I believe this is the lead car for the Marilyn Youman Dance School, but who the hell can tell?

This is the only picture of the Marilyn Youman Dance School Baton Twirlers that turned out. As you can see, they were twirling glow-stick batons. They were great, but also holding up the parade. Cute kids, though.

Ray was very early in the parade, which is fortunate since my camera crapped out half way through. Here he is, with holly in his hat, after giving his child a candy cane. As you can see, now that she has the candy, she has little use for him. And that kid cleaned up on the candy, too. It's a good thing my new coat had so many pockets. I was toting two bottles of water, a bag of pretzels, plus her newly acquired stash of Christmas candy.

This is the lead car for the Abeni Cultural Arts group. Their dancers follow.

These guys perform at festivals in town throughout the year. The great thing about Savannah, and the surrounding area, is that there is always some kind of event or festival every weekend.

This is one of our radio station vans, all decked out. My coworker, Stretch, is driving.

And it's impossible to see, but this is the Deen Bros. Well, a shot of them from behind, anyhow. They also kept stopping the parade, because people kept running up to their car to hug them, kiss them and give them things. I could be wrong, but I think one old lady gave them some knitted mittens. They were really good sports about the whole thing.

And just to prove that my husband did, in fact, interview Jamie and Bobby Deen...

...photographic proof. Aren't they cute?


www.thegrandview.wordpress.com said...

I had to google Jamie and Bobby Deen. Must be a Southern thing eh? Hope you're well.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I thought your pics were fine. I don't think I've ever seen a lighted parade. Looks like fun!

Of course TFYO cleaned up on candy. What else are parades for ??

Mya said...

Thanks Jen - that's got me in the Christmas spirit. Lovely pics - I'm on dial up and they loaded up really quickly - it's just the sound and moving image files that freak my system out.

Mya x

my two cents said...

So glad you had fun. My son's camera has a fireworks setting that photographs well at night, especially lights.

JRH said...

Gosh that looked like a lot of fun! And blurry can also be artsy, if you just decide to look at it that way. My camera died half-way through my son's wedding last spring - that was the pits. Thank goodness there were tons of other people taking tons of other pictures.

Oh, and TYFO is simply adorable. But I'm sure you already knew that.

Willowtree said...

I had to google the Deen boys too. Hey, as a photographer you make a great radio announcer.

auntie barbie said...

I’m soooo jealous, the Dean brothers. What a bunch of southern cuties!! (that includes Ray too!)

Sounds like your all having fun and enjoying Christmas time in GA. Sorry I can’t send you down some of our lovely ice and snow.

bellevelma said...

Looks like fun!

Dumdad said...

It looks like a great day out. No one can do parades quite like Americans.

Jen said...

grand view Unless you're a Food Network fan, you likely wouldn't know Paula Deen or the Deen boys, although they have done many guest shots on network TV. The Deen family has partly been responsible for the seocnd wave of tourism into Savannah, after Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

RC I was little disappointed that there weren't more floats, but it's only the third year they've done this. I may try to get my employer to put together an actual float next year, instead of just putting station vehicles in.

Mya I'm still working on the Chrismtas spirit. I got to make the music CD that played in Ray's vehicle, so that helped. Of course, I have a slightly twisted sense of Christmas music. I may post the set list later.

my two cents D'oh! I didn't even think of the fireworks setting on my digital camera. I should have brought YOU to the parade instead of TFYO. At least you wouldn't have smeared cream cheese on me. Would you?

JRH I was hoping they'd be artsy, but the ones I didn't post looked like post-modernist glop.

WT Wow! Thanks! *snicker*

auntie barbie Ray said the guys were really nice and down to earth. I was a little jealous I didnt get to meet them, but I wouldn't have made it to the station in time *grin* Jamie was nice enough to remember Ray and talk to him at the parade. They're good boys. Paula should be proud.

bellevelma It was! But the most fun was just getting to walk around with TFYO without Daddy. We don't get to do that often, and it was nice.

Diana said...

How fun! (And the pictures were very good, especially for night time.) I loved how TFYO was so "fine, thanks for the candy, now you can go" to Ray. (She's so gorgeous.)

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahhh Jen it looks fab. There's something so exciting about being out with the kids after dark. It just seems all the more magical when you're wrapped up and it's past bed time.

annulla said...

Oh, I like your parade! I'm touring the blogosphere, seeing how people observe the holidays around the country. Hope your Christmas brings you everything you wish for.

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