Holiday Stroll Parade - Red Wing, Minnesota
Over 12,000 people lined the streets in Red Wing, Minnesota to see
the Holiday Stroll Festival Parade
For most people the highlight of the Thanksgiving weekend Holiday Stroll parade was the appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus. But the opportunity to see several pieces of fire equipment up close was probably a close second for the kids. Other floats held the parade queen and her court, the Red Wing HS Band, the Mayor and other home town celebrities.
Immediately after the parade was the Downtown Lighting Ceremony. When the switch was thrown an additional set of lights lit up throughout downtown. At the same time a lighted tree appeared on the top of Barn Bluff.
Little people on top of dad's shoulders had the best parade view (as it should be) but short adults who didn't get there earlier enough sometimes only saw the tops of heads. But it's just being there that counts - enjoying the excitement and festive hometown atmosphere.
We didn't have to wait long for Santa. He showed up after the parade pace car in the company of Mrs. Claus and one of his elves.
< < < Later some lucky kids got to meet Santa up close.