Fairhope’s Magical Christmas Parade — 2016

December 12, 2016


It was so exciting doing the live broadcast with Mark Swalley on WABF 1220 AM. We were perched on the balcony at Page and Palette Bookstore, which was a great spot to watch. The pin on my hat is my husband’s grandmother’s Christmas bells.


There were over 50 groups and organizations that participated in the parade. Here are a few of the highlights, beginning with the Fairhope High School Buccaneer Band.


For the Christmas and Veteran’s Day parades, they march with the full, HUGE band, but for Mardi Gras Parades, they split up, so the students can get a break and actually attend a parade. I love seeing the full band, so I thought they looked and sounded extra good this night.


And here comes Lori Dubose, from WABF radio. Lori does so much for the community and serves as the voice of Fairhope and a wonderful source for local news.


Twirlers! Oh how beautiful they looked! This group went on and on. There were probably about 50-60 girls, total.


Dr. John Maddox got into the spirit with a Star Wars theme. There were several dentist participating in the parade, and I’ve often wondered about the connection between throwing candy to the crowd and cavities. Hmm. I think they mainly throw toothbrushes.


The station kept telling me to, “speak louder!” I felt like I was screaming by the time the noise from the parade came around. Mark was very helpful even though I felt frantic at times,  trying to keep up with the list of participants and keeping an eye on the parade below. It takes great talent to talk this much, you know. 


Snowflake girls! Oh, how I love this group. They look so all-American and Christmasy. Note to other groups: take a tip from this team and light your marchers from the front! We can see them so much better!


The Fairhope Youth Orchestra sounded wonderful. I mean, violins on a flatbed trailer . . . what could be better?


Well, perhaps the Baldwin County Pops on their flatbed trailer! (Notice the pug. I think he played piccolo).


Little darlin’s dressed as Southern Belles. Sigh . .


Many churches participated in the parade, and this is the “Scrooge” float from Fairhope United Methodist.


Being on the balcony, I had a bird’s eye view of Santa. I’m always reminded of the year my youngest son saw Santa coming and waved to him. When Santa passed by us, my son, who was about 4 years old said, “Santa rememborized me!”


After the parade, I went into The Book Cellar at Page and Palette and met one of my long-time readers, Beth and her husband Bill. It’s so hard for me to put names with faces, since I’ve never met most of my readers in person, but Beth recognized me and told me she and Bill just moved here from Wisconsin several months ago, and settled in Fairhope after reading my blog! How wonderful! They were so nice and loved their first Fairhope parade!


But now my rule goes into effect . . . in order to keep our small town small and cozy, for every nice person that moves here, we have to vote a grumpy one out. So two of you are on notice. We’ll take a peek at Santa’s “naughty” list for starters. Just hope I’m not on it!


Thanks to my husband for the photos!


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