The parade actually started 15 minutes or so before the parade was to go live on TV so that the first of the parade was right at the filming spot. The Santa balloon ended up stopped right in front of us. One of the handlers came up and told Maddie that he was really tired and needed a break. He asked her if she could hold his rope for him. She did it and she was soooo excited. She talked about it for the rest of the day. She said it was "so heavy, that's why he was tired and needed her help."
The parade only lasted a little less than an hour. Guy pointed out that we drove an hour and waited 3 more hours to see a 50 minute parade, he's right, but it was fun anyway. We have tried to go the last few years, but it's been way too cold.
After we finished that parade we had our town Christmas parade. The girls were riding on a float with their cheerleading squad. We had just enough time to eat lunch and buy a bubble machine for the parade before we had to meet the team to decorate the float.
They ended up winning "Best of Show" in the parade. Wow! It didn't take much to win that one :) Compared to the parade we had just been to this parade was pretty funny, but the girls said they had fun.