“My 365” December 4, 2010

December 4, 2010

I let myself out and down the steps to the street.The night air was milder than I expected. Bundled up in much the same garb as last year, I was incredibly warm. It certainly did not feel like the holiday season.
Crowds swaying and moving like the tide against the sand. Occasionally a snake of people back on the sidewalk, moving down the street like a riptide parallel to the shore. Smiling faces– bright eyed children, mischievous teenagers -darted in and out of the older folk; content to watch from their lawn chairs, firmly planted at 5 p.m. in prime viewing locations on the curb.
The Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. A huge event here in the neighborhood by the sea. Tradition.
Marching bands, one after the other, beat a matching pulse to the blood moving through veins. Brass instruments echo the excitement of the children’s voices. Flags waving, dancers dancing – it’s almost enough to mimic a popular song of the season.
Brightly lit floats move down the street. All kinds, all organizations are represented. Every spectrum of the rainbow, in fact.
Beauty queens ride by in convertibles, gloved hands waving from atop the back seat, glittering tiaras wink in the starry night.
Elves trip by…. dressed in green, red, even orange! Candy canes tossed into the crowd as music pours forth from the back of a flatbed truck that reminds me of Snoopy’s doghouse.
What parade by the ocean would be complete without sailboats, decorated with lights, being towed down 2nd Street; sailors aboard cheering ‘Merry Christmas’ to the crowds who cheer back?
Finally the moment the little ones anticipate. Santa, riding down the street, up at the top of a large red firetruck, waving and Ho-Ho-Ho-ing. The kids, hopping up and down in their excitement, trying to see him…. surely the vertical height they get from this will make them eligible for the NBA!
The retail stores, advertisers have made certain since October that we all know ‘Christmas is coming!’  — Skewed, in my thinking. They have taken away some magic of what should be the trumpeting herald of the the holiday, the parade.

‘Tis the season.

December 4, 2010

December 4, 2010 -- parade by the sea.

December 4, 2010. 8:06pm. ISO 100. Shutter 6. Aperture f/5.6. Manual exposure, no flash. Christmas lights.


One comment

  1. I love this picture, Torie! I’m a bit torn about the holiday, too.

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