Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas parade: weird, normal

South Street may not be 5th Avenue, but there are buildings tall enough for loft-perched children to peek out of windows and throw high-value candy to the minions below. Sweet Stripes are worth scrabbling for.

See photos of the 2012 parade.

After standing for two hours, before and during the parade, I faced a self-propelled porta-pottie meandering down Park Central East — inaccessible — with feelings of helpless desperation.

Willard High School band uniforms are the coolest in the Ozarks, with their black, gray and white scheme. If early 1990s hip-hopsters had been paying attention, they would have chosen Willard Tigers gear over Oakland Raiders or Chicago White Sox.

I still don't know how to respond to this.

Mr. Claus turned away as he passed, but Mrs. Claus looked our way.