We did the Clovis Christmas Parade! We love this event because it’s at night and all the float and parade entrants are lit with thousands of twinkle lights. The kids get all bundled up and get to eat junk to their hearts’ content.
Here’s the play for the evening:
Jeremy and I went out before the parade for his brother’s birthday dinner. Jordan and Stephanie eagerly agreed to babysit before the parade. (I don’t know if they’ll want to do it again though, it was A LOT of work.) They were awesome! They cooked dinner, fed it to the kids, cleaned up the dinner mess, played with the kids, dressed them in warm clothes and changed Jackson’s diaper – ew! Stephanie even heated up enough water for our hot chocolate at the parade. Man she’s awesome!
We got home just in time to go to the parade. We threw all the kids in the car and headed on our way to Clovis and 5th Ave. Jordan and Stephanie followed behind in the truck to get a small break from our kids for a minute. Dad was on duty and he arranged our parking for the evening. We had to pass through one barricade and another police officer, but we had the magic password, “My dad is Louie Duran” and they whisked us right through. We pulled into the Shell Station parking lot and Dad said we could park right there. It was 20 feet from where we sat! Sooooo nice! It's nice to have connections - thanks Dad!
We had a nice time waving to all the floats, pretty cars and twinkle lights. The best float was a guy riding some generator powered homemade bike thing with Mickey and Minnie on a teeter totter with cool 70's speakers attached to the sides blasting music. It was definitely home spun, but also the best. My favorite is the grandma and grandpa that ride the ferris wheel looking swing that spins in the middle of the street. That one is pictured below.
We had hot chocolate, Almond Roca, popcorn, cookies and candy. Lizzie's hot chocolate mustache is too cute! How's that popcorn, Marcos?
We were only missing Samuel and Mica. Where were they? And Thomas is the only one I did not get a picture of. Sorry Toe-mas.
Merry Christmas Clovis - thanks for the parade!