Just after Thanksgiving came the Parade of Lights which, around here, means the kickoff to the holiday season.
We headed downtown with what seemed like the rest of the city, since the weather was quite warm for the beginning of December. To begin the parade the Colorado State University marching band puts on a little show. The trombonists wear blind folds while they play, and do a little dance routine. If their moves aren't perfect there is potential to get knocked in the head with a trombone. Scary! Can you see the guy bending over as the other guys swings his trombone right over the guy's head? Yep. That's how it works.
Being able to sit in the grandstands, rather than standing on the street, was a welcomed gift that evening since we had already been walking for what seemed like miles from where we parked.
The little kids were able to join in the fun this year since the weather was warm and they were able to keep up walking with us.
Excel Energy sure knows how to light a float. I wonder how much energy that float used. It was quite bright and pretty!
A good friend of ours works for Autonation, which is a huge sponsor for the parade, meaning all of the trucks pulling the floats were from Autonation.
His daughter along with her friends, Rebecca, and our foster children's older siblings got to walk in the parade full of face paint and costumes. Our kids saw the big Autonation float coming and went to the rail to look for their friends! They thought it was so cool to see Rebecca and our friends in the parade.
Along the 16th Street Mall are random, painted pianos for the public to play at their leisure. A few of these pianos were jazzed up for the parade that evening.
9News was also a big sponsor for the the parade. In fact, if you watch the parade the MCs are from 9News and every so often you can see my husband's face on one of the lady's shoulders.
Mr. Waddles is the penguin mascot of the parade. When he arrives you know that it isn't much longer until you-know-who arrives.
Denver International Aiport houses some of the biggest snow plows that I've ever seen and they look really pretty all lit up.