Our hotel was on the same street as the balloon inflation. This posed a little difficulty with parking and checking in the first day, but was worth it to see the enormous balloons held down all night by nets and sand bags.
|Buzz Lightyear even had "Andy" written on his foot.|
|After Grace went to bed on Wednesday, I went back outside to practice |
using manual mode at night. Not bad for doing it without a tripod.
Hello Kitty was followed by a cast of familiar characters including famous performers on floats and high school and college marching bands. Ever the music lover, Grace told us over and over that she enjoyed the marching bands best!
Along with Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf and Elf on the Shelf made their first appearance in this year's parade. We were standing next to a woman whose daughter was a handler for Papa Smurf!
And, then, two hours after the parade began, Santa and Mrs. Claus rode their sleigh right past us. We jumped around, waved, and called his name. I am sure he saw Grace!