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On Wednesday I shared with you all our family's long standing tradition of attending the Ocean Beach Christmas Parade.
Even though I don't have a lot of other parades to compare OB's with, I truly believe OB has one of the most eclectic mix of parade entrants around. So sit back in your beach chair and enjoy a few of my shots from this years parade.
In the OB parade it is common to see a live nativity scene being followed by the local tattoo/body piercing shop! The Scouts marching behind the Amnesty International and two enormous Martin Luther King and Gandhi puppets. We are all dazzled by the groups that cover their rental trucks in an entire front yards worth of decorations.
Harley Davidson riders rev their engines, and the geriatric surfers drill team perform carefully coordinated dances with their beach chairs and surf boards (oh and stop to run into a bar to refuel along the way).
What beach community parade would be complete without a line of beautifully restored Woodies! Classic surfer car that I'm sure no one but the Beach Boys ever owned!
And Peace Signs are found on most, if not all of the floats. In fact the Peace sing is usually found in the middle of the O in OB. You can't live in OB if you don't believe in peace, love and happiness.
While most of the parade entrants are tossing candy canes at the parade goers, the local Organic Food co-op is handing out fresh produce. Classic People's!
What parade would be complete without scantly clad women dancing to the beat of a the rat a tat tat of the little drummer boy? I was actually going to join these women but my hot pants were at the cleaner and I left my clearly defined abs back at home.
After all the hippies, girl/boy scouts, surfers, random odd people, classic cars, Christmas lights, church goers, bar promoters, bands, horses, High school marching band and off key Christmas choir comes the high light of the parade.........Santa! He sits on top of the local Fire Truck and waves to all the good girls and boys!
I believe even the naughty ones get a wink or two!
I hope all of you are enjoying this Holiday season and if you want to see more Photo Story Fridays please click on the icon at the top of the post!