Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I Love a Parade!

There's nothing like a Christmas parade to give you a dose of the holiday spirit!
For me, there's just something about the simplicity that's found in small town parades.  
I love their beauty... 
And the poise and grace...
Of the people within them. 
The sound of the music always electrifies the air...
And seeing the dogs never fails to put a smile on peoples faces...
I enjoy the riders on magnificent and beautiful horses...
That walk with their dogs...
It's always fun seeing the local groups in the parades too...with their dogs...
(Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs)
It's so hard to say what my favorite part is about small town parades.  
I guess it's the dogs...

49 comments:

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Did you know foxhounds don't 'wag their tails' they 'wave their sterns'? tee hee. What a lovely parade! No goats though - next year I'll have to come down and remedy that concern.

Angus said...

From the Austin Healey to the Master of Hounds . A more English Christmas than you could find in England !

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

So, did the dogs come at the tail end of the parade? hee hee

Jill said...

This was so fun! I so wish we had a Christmas parade around here.

I got tears in my eyes when I saw the Great Pyrenees. I had one once. He was the best dog ever and I miss him so much!

Thanks for sharing this, Kim.

2browndawgs said...

What a great parade and I just love the fox hounds!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Oh wow. What a great parade. I wish we had parades around here. My favorite is definitely the dogs. Beautiful white Great Pyrenees.
Did you take any of yours?
TFS

Tina Eudora said...

Yep Kim for me it would be the dogs too! I love each year that immediately following the Macy Day Parade on Thanksgiving I get the National Dog Show! Dogs and holidays are a perfect combination to me.
Have a good one!
Tina xo

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh! the best parade ever!
i just loved it.
i love small town parades. i just stand there with tears in my eyes. don't know why i always do, but i do.
i forgot how wonderful virginia is.
used to live by natural bridge. very english, always. right down to tea in the afternoon with miss india.
our parade is this saturday. there will be horses, but cowboy style.
there will be dogs, but only those viewing. there will be children though, and santa claus and probably a covered wagon or two.
since i'm an anglophile...
i especially enjoyed seeing your parade!
love and hugs,
tammy j

LindaG said...

Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures with us, Kim. :-) ♥

Country Gal said...

Now thats the kind of parade I like dogs and horses ! Havent seen Hunters and hounds together for years ! Awesome photos! Have a wonderful day !

Sam said...

It'd be a tie between the horses and dogs for me!

Sam

TexWisGirl said...

wow. that hunt club group is impressive!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Kim,

What fun. Next year I plan on walking in the Scottish Parade in Alexandria with Piper and Lilly. Maybe you can come and bring Todd.

xo
Lynn

NanaNor's said...

Kim, What a wonderful parade! I too would have to agree that the dogs would be the best part. I love seeing the fox hounds-such beauty!
Hope you have a wonderful and warm day.
Hugs, Noreen & Reggie

Karine said...

This brought a much needed smile to my face :o)

Ellen said...

Great parade and thank you for sharing it with us. I'd have to say the dogs would be the best part for me, but then they call me the dog lady! They just know they are getting lots of attention and I truly believe they love that.

Mogley G. Retriever said...

Our Paw Challenged One was amazed that they could get a Healey started when the temerature is below 72 degrees. He can't start the old MG's once it falls below 60 degrees out.

Dogs make a parade. If only more towns realised that! More dogs!

Mogley G. Retriever

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

We got to go to a parade last week. It was a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the people throwing candy to me. They worked so hard getting it over to me and then mom wouldn't let me eat it. Can you believe that? The nerve....

AROOOOOF!
Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Ellen said...

I love a parade! They make everyone happy.

We have a 4th of July parade in our little town so I go most years.

Your parade photos made me wish I could have been there to see it for myself. All the dogs and horses...right up my alley!

Sue said...

That looks like fun. I should get my group trimmed up next year and take them all to walk in the parade.

Callie said...

Great photos! Our little town has a wonderful 4th of July parade, so I know exactly what you mean... it is like stepping back into the past.

Sharon said...

What beautiful pictures. Where was this parade? Of course, I love the corgis.

scotsmad said...

We love small town parades...did it bring a lump to your throat?

XXXOOODaisy, Kendra, & Bella

Jim said...

That parade looked really well organized. All those Bloodhounds! And staying with their people! Saw a few of these at the Park the other day. They are an interesting breed.

Kari in Vegas said...

What a great parade

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Nancy K. said...

WOW! I've never been a big 'parade person' but then again, I've NEVER seen a parade like this!!! How incredibly wonderful! I may try to organize a rescued canine unit in some local parades next year! Thanks for the inspiration. OMG those riders, horses and fox hounds are spectacular. If I had to pick one photo from your post it would be the close up of the three draft horse's heads. I think it is stunning and would BUY A PRINT of it if one was available! I've seen paintings with a similar set up only I believe it is snowing in the painting. It's always been one of my favorites.

What an incredible post Kim! You made my night...

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

So true that this is what brings the spirit of the holidays. LOVE the dogs. :)

houndstooth said...

In our little town, the parade is in the spring just before Memorial Day. I love it, with all the old fashioned fun! I am feeling really envious of your Christmas parade right now, though. I'd love to see dogs in a Christmas parade!

KB said...

I've never seen a dog in a parade!!! There were lots and lots and lots of cute ones in your parade.

Come to think of it... parades are pretty rare out west. I mainly remember parades from when I lived on the east coast.

I loved your parade!

Denise said...

I love a parade too, I would really love this one. Great shots!

Jazzi said...

we have a christmas parade too and yes they are fun!!

wags
Jazzi and Addy

Joanna said...

Are you SURE those photos weren't taken in England?! What a gorgeous parade with lots of happy faces. The dogs are the best, of course, but I also love the cute little kiddy car!!

x

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love parades too, but we only get to see them on tv!
How fun it was for you to go and watch all the excitement!
love
tweedles

farmlady said...

They got it right having DOGS in the parade. What a great idea! Especially CORGIS.
Parades are one of those traditions that makes you feel good inside. It's about folks getting together to share and be proud of the town they live in and it's people.
Great photos...

Miriam said...

Wow, that's one amazing parade! Here we have an parade celebrating the doldrums of February miserableness, but it doesn't hold a candle to the one you showed us! What fun!

Bobbi said...

Cool Parade!! I love parades.. I especially like Santa.. and I loved those white horses!! Todd should have been in that parade :-)

Gill - That British Woman said...

I to thought it was in England to start with. Though from what I can gather, fox hunting has been more or less banned in Britain,

great shots,

Gill

blueviolet said...

I couldn't agree with you more about small town parades. There's something so homey and feel good there.

sophie...^5 said...

I can't believe all those dogs in the parade without any fuss....wonderful!

Catherine said...

We don't have Christmas parades here. That doesn't seem right does it!!! Thank you for sharing your Kim - cute pups!
xo Catherine

Inger said...

Our town had its Christmas parade too this weekend, but we went to a wedding. Check it out, OK. On my blog. If you have time. Anyway, I'm glad you had a chance to relax and enjoy yourself. And the white horses were just gorgeous.

Anna said...

I have never cared for parades, (and that is putting it mildly) but that one looked like a nice, warm, old-fashioned parade ... an enjoyable one to watch and experience. I enjoyed your pictures so much I actually wished I could have seen that parade. Thank you for sharing all the photos of it.

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jodistone said...

The dogs would be my favorite part too. And you are so right, there is nothing quite so magical as a small town parade.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a tremendous series of photos, Kim. Yes, it's all about the dogs, isn't it? xoxo

KT and Easton said...

Very cool - we love a parade. Especially when there are dogs, marching bands (we really love the bagpipe guys), old cars and clowns.

Leslie said...

You make me wish that I lived in a small town. I love all that stuff ~ especially the dogs!
Have a great sunday

Debi@7Gates said...

What a parade. I'm impressed with all the dogs AND the Hunt Club coming out. I bet it was so colorful.

Lori Skoog said...

I love this series of photos! Aha! I used to have an Italian Racing Red Austin Healey just like that one! It was back in the dark ages.