Especially right here in good ole Whittier! Under grey slightly damp skies, the 66th Annual Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade kicked off to a predicted 18,000 gleeful attendees. Times may change but at the heart of this beloved event is the bringing together of children and the child that remains in all of us. From the marching high school bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, local and state dignitaries, city organizations, education representatives, dancers, local companies, classic cars, sponsors, even the occasional pooch, etc. etc. More than anything, it’s the multitude of children proudly marching while exchanging smiles and waves simultaneously with the multitude of children (and adults) sitting in the crowd. From the get go, there was a buzz in the air and once started, time seemed suspended, dreamlike. Before you could say ‘Jiminy Christmas’, here came Santa Claus (the star of the show) right down Greenleaf lane soon riding off into the parade sunset. Hence the crowd continually dispersing once he passed. The streets were immediately attended to and soon the town seemed bare, leaving the inevitable notion of see you next year! A bit of sad and glad all rolled up into one. Here are some photos (I have so many, it’s hard to pick!) from beginning to end to pass on the feeling such a treasured gathering evokes.
Full album and caption by Louis Rico originally published in Whittier California – Our Hometown.