Parades warm hearts, make people merry, good natured

Friday, December 7, 2012

Parades are a lot of fun.

Chapel Hill and Lewisburg had Christmas parades last weekend.

They must have had fun in Chapel Hill because the town administrator had to ask people who rode four-wheelers in the parade to pick them up at Forrest School instead of riding them back through town. Boys can't wait to drive.

In Lewisburg, Santa took the liberty of telling a newspaper photographer that he'd been a naughty boy this year. That's not true. He's older than 18.

A few years ago during the Labor Day parade in Kensington, Md., where I went to junior high school, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen was on a float that had to stop, so I asked him how he liked Bart Gordon. Bart was then Marshall County's congressman. Chris replied, "You must be from Tennessee. We work well together."

Last weekend, Maryland's 8th District congressman was a Sunday morning TV news talk show guest, as were U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bob Corker of Tennessee, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

They talked about the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1 when Bush era tax cuts expire.

Corker and McCaskill said senators wouldn't drive America over a cliff. Geithner toed his party line, advocating farm subsidy reform. Corker said his no-tax-hike pledge was to voters who now want solutions.

State Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) and state Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) were in the Christmas Parade here. Both met with county officials Tuesday and discussed money.

On Lewisburg's square Saturday, Kim Cashion of Belfast said she attends the parade every year. "Usually, my children have something to do with the parade." Her son, Caleb, sang in the Tigressions, a group comprised of singers from Marshall County High School's chorus directed by Elise Dumser. Visiting from Pulaski was Nikki Cashion, 24, who stood with her family, listening to brother Caleb sing.

"We just moved back from Louisville, Ky.," said Tiffany Fitzgerald, 25, now of Lewisburg. Her daughter, Amya, wants a mermaid for Christmas and watched the parade from the courthouse sidewalk.

Christmas decorations are a lot of fun, too. Take a nighttime drive around the square and see what's on display. I think you'll like it and you should tell those who created it. They're named in our front-page feature today.

Meanwhile, here's an old Kensington story. A mother told the mayor her daughter liked the town Christmas tree so much that she was afraid her daughter would forget her Jewish heritage. The council renamed it a holiday tree and voted to stop Santa from handing out candy at town hall after arriving on a fire truck. The public went nuts. About 500 Santas showed up. Dogs, bikers and babies in carriages arrived dressed as Santa. Santa's candy distribution continued and Kensington lights its Christmas Tree and Menorah Sunday evening.

Kensington's population is 2,200, not much more than Chapel Hill, where Santa rode on a parade float, not a fire truck. Not a problem.

These views are the author's and not necessarily reflective of the Tribune's views.