Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturdays, The Santa Parade.

Well today dawned a clear but cold 30degree day but my PA. Granddaughter Michelle was ready at 08:30AM to head into downtown Scranton for the Annual Santa Parade up the main Street of Lackawanna Ave. We got down there and found a parking space about two blocks away and then carried the lawn chairs over to a ringside seat at Lackawanna Ave & Adams Ave where the parade ended at the Hilton Hotel.

Precisely at 09:00AM the first unit of the parade was sighted and what a sight it was.

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The United States Marine Corp Color Guard.

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               Then the PA State Police

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    Then Scranton Police had their Bat Mobile

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         What’s a parade without a Motor Cop.

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A Local Hero, Boy was he popular with the crowd.

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Michelle learned it is better to give than receive and donated to Toy’s For Tot’s.

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Michelle looks like a happy camper to me.

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Santa Parade11-20-10i                       Some of the Balloons.

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              Scranton HS Marching Band.

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           Lake Waulenpaupack HS Marching Band.

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              Lake Land HS Marching Band

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               Greyhound Rescue Unit

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Of Course Can’t forget Lab Rescue, Look at his Jacket, What do you think Jodie, Coco & Sandy, Also Rigg’s & Annie.

I have to say all of these dog’s I was told are available to a good home, and they all walked and performed like stars, not a shy one among them and they got pets and hugs from the kids all along the route.

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                   Acrobats anyone.

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This guy was a crowd pleaser, he did this almost all the way up the block.

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                  Michelle & Ronald.

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             Here was another big hit with the kids.

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Finally what all the kid’s and Grandpa’s were waiting for, The big guy and the Missus.

But my absolute favorite of the whole morning was this.

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The Reason for the Season, by St Stanislaus Church.

I hope you all enjoyed the parade as much as Michelle & I did, although it was cold, Michelle said she wore longies because last night I told her to dress warm, and Grandpa showed her how to march in place when the bands passed to warm her feet when they got cold, and then as a reward we did go to McDonalds after the parade since she was still excited about meeting Ronald, and darned if he wasn’t at the downtown McDonalds and remembered her, or at least said he did.

Now I am going to take a nap, Be safe out there, Sam & Donna…


  1. Looks like it was a very exciting and enjoyable parade! Thank you for sharing this with all of us!


  2. What a great parade!! I loved the balloons..and there is nothing like a marching band..And now, I have to have a nap after standing out in the cold with you two!! Thanks for taking us along..

  3. The parade looked like lots and lots of fun! Nice to see our military folks and police honored too!

  4. Wow, now that's a parade. I love the dressed up dogs. Looks like everyone had a great time!

  5. How Fun! I used to go to all the parades in Placerville, but haven't seen ONE here in San Diego. I'll count your's as my Christmas Parade this year, since I went through the blogosphere! Looks like it was a great parade and had all the things I love. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nice parade. My favorites are the Marines and the dogs!

  7. When I was a kid in little Star, North Carolina, I use to love going to the annual Christmas parade. It was great fun! Glad you and Michelle had a good time having this experience together. Hope you enjoyed your nap.

  8. Looks like a really fun parade.. I love parades! The puppy dogs are so cute, and especially the little one wearing the red that says Please adopt me... Thank you for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!


  9. The dogs in the coats were real neat. Sandy thought it was a bit too much for Florida, but Coco and I clued her in as to what winter was like last year. We may need three coats for us. How about blue for me, brown for Coco and Lavender for Sandy.



  10. Looks like fun! I've marched in the band a time or two myself ~ a year or decade ago! lol
    No shriners? They are usually a giant mass in parades around here!

  11. What a fun parade! Glad you and Michelle had fun.

  12. You just know that Christmas is around the corner when Santa arrives at the end of the parade! Looked like a great parade too!

  13. great shots of the parade!..looks like it was a nice day in Scranton..the blue sky in the background was a giveaway!..what a great 'grandpa' you are!!

  14. Scranton really knows how to put on a parade. Thanks for all the great pics, Sam, it felt like being there - only a lot warmer!!

  15. Looking at those pictures, I realized I had a smile on my face. Ohhhh - I remember as a child going to the Mummers Parade on New Years day in Phila. I probably looked like Michelle, all bundled up.

    I still say, this girl is never going to forget her months with Grandpa!

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