South Padre Island Christmas Parade 2009

December 14, 2008

What a beautiful picture!

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 If only I was doing this on purpose.

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Who gets a shot of two legs running down the street? WTH? Where did the torso go?

 It was party time on South Padre Island again.

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 The crowd had gathered for yet another great community event.

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 Everyone was in great spirits and there were great spirits around.

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These guys had it going on.  They stood in front of all their supplies for the picture.

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 This picture came out great – look in the background.

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The kids were adorable.

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Surfer Santa… Why not?

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 Everybody was looking good.

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 Real good. 

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RRRrrreal good with a capital “R”.

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 The island was lit up like a beautiful Christmas village in some areas.

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 Every year this parade grows bigger and better.

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 Everybody loves a fire truck.

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  There were beautiful floats

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the people on the floats were tossing out candy and beads to the crowd

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 Even the smallest ones came away smiling.

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 I am having problems working this new-fangled camera so what does this guy do?

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 start to show off for me.  

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Way to go, dude. 

These mermaids were tossing beads out to the crowd as well.

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This pair of Santas was the most traditional.

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 The ultimate topper for such an evening was an outstandingly beautiful walk on a moonlit beach.

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If you want to see what the beach looks like right now click here.


Christmas Boat Parade

December 7, 2008

I am from the time when a mouse was a mouse and a byte was something you did to a cheesecake, so this new-fangled digital camera Santa brought me had me worried that I wasn’t going to be able to take good photos of the boat parade…

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It has something called “macro” close-up which is better than “get yourself closer” like my old camera but it still was not behaving at times because of all the separate functions and all you must program it for. Sometimes simpler is better. This camera is so new, there are instructions for the instructions and I was a little worried I’d get too frustrated and give up.

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Once people started gathering at the end of the “fingers”, the streets in Port Isabel that jut out into the water like an outstretched hand, I knew it was about that time and do-or-die time for my camera.

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Close-ups worked fine now, but it was the ‘night’ function that had me a little apprehensive.

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You could hear loud boat horns honking and carolers singing.

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Santa was “Man of the Hour.”

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It was a beautiful balmy evening.

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Some boats looked good even without the lighted decorations.

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Once the sun started to go down, I wondered if I’d be able to get the pictures I wanted. I was getting frustrated with the ugly and out-of-focus shots but when I saw the following picture through the display screen, I knew everything was going to be okay.

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 This is why I don’t need drugs. 

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 I love the way these pictures came out. 

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 The height and spiderweb-like quality of this boat’s decor was impressive.

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 Some of these shots were absolutely beautiful but the parade was even nicer in person.

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This was a good parade with many participants, viewers and it spawned many holiday parties that led on into the night. This boat parade is a tradition here and many people get together for the parade then go to each other’s homes here along the water for great food, drink and fellowship to celebrate the coming of the holiday season. We served homemade tortilla chips and excellent salsa, enchiladas, Spanish rice and a big ol’ pot of beans a la charra topped off with Pina Colada Cake, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake and root beer floats. Outside you could hear the sounds of other gatherings. Our whole street was rockin’ and rollin’ deep into the night. This parade also heralds a welcome to our winter visitors who are now in the warm embrace of South Padre Island’s and the neighboring Port Isabel. Welcome back, friends!

If you want to see what the beach looks like today, click here