Sometimes, despite all your fears, things just work out.
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That was the case Sunday as the 2013 Hangtown Christmas Parade went essentially without a hitch. After multiple meetings with all the different organizers involved in making the event even a possibility this year, it all seemed to come together swimmingly by 1 p.m. Sunday. And luckily, El Dorado County came out in big numbers to support it.
A year after the parade was canceled due to horrible weather, we were blessed with sunny skies throughout the day Sunday. It was warm enough to even make wearing our Santa caps a little toasty.
Participation was fantastic, too. We had over 100 participants in the parade, from local high school marching bands that made time to come together during their Thanksgiving break, to multiple organizations serving the public in every facet of life.
There was great cooperation from everyone involved. From the Placerville Police Department to the volunteer marshals helping with the parade line-up to the crowd control downtown, everything was under control and organized, which made for a smooth and enjoyable afternoon for the rest of us.
A special kudos must be given to the local 4-H club for joining the parade trailing the horses. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it, and the young volunteers put smiles on their faces as they pushed wheelbarrows and carried shovels to clean up messes throughout the afternoon. We had several horses in the parade and they require a little extra attention because of what they leave behind. Several times audience members cheered as these volunteers did their work, which was much deserved.
See the story starting on page B1 for a complete list of the parade entry winners. Winners can pick up their trophies at the new Mountain Democrat building at 2889 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville.
For us, though, it was the faces of members of the crowd that made it all worthwhile. There were thousands of smiling faces along the streets of Placerville on the parade route, especially on those of county youth enjoying the show. It was a day to remember for everyone.
What makes a parade successful is the entries to it, the volunteers and the community coming out to support it. We had all in full force for 2013, we hope to have even more next year.
The 35th Hangtown Christmas Parade is officially in the books. The Mountain Democrat is happy to have brought it to you, and even happier you welcomed the rebirth of a long-lasting tradition with open arms.