UPDATES: New Photos !
Forget Santa, I Met Michelle Obama and the President for Christmas!
I couldn’t want much else for Christmas than what I got in the November election but for me, the OB Parade was that extra gift in my stocking. Of course, the parade is always one of the highlights of my season but this year’s parade was better than ever for me.
Not only did I get to celebrate Christmas with my fellow OBecians and the fans of OB again but this year I got to be in the parade itself! I’ve done a lot of things in my life but I’ve never been in a parade. When my friend Clairemarie Mallory asked me to be an angel in the Amnesty International float I, of course, said yes (with the caveat that they didn’t mind a slightly tipsy angel.)
So I put on my finest white angel outfit and donned the wings supplied. With my friend Karen and other supporters, we followed our fearless leader Clairemarie and the Amnesty International decorated truck with the beautifully rendered large paper-mache replicas of Ghandhi and Martin Luther King. The giant puppets were made by Antonia Davis and the San Diego Puppet Insurgency. These were manned by two stalwart Amnesty International supporters. What an honor to be a part of the parade and to act on behalf of such a great organization.
Last year, I loved watching the parade and clapping for anything and everything. This year, I got all that back in bushels. The crowd, which started gearing up and saving places in front early, was incredibly fun and supportive. I felt like a beauty pageant winner performing incredible feats of daring-do as our small group of angels performed simple movements to impress the crowd. What is so lovely about the parade as it feels like I imagine a small town parade would feel like. For one brief moment, there seems to be no cynicism and people put aside their “go ahead and just try to impress me” attitudes for a moment and just enjoy the simple sharing of a simple event.
After we got to the end, we rushed back and joined the fun with the rest of the appreciative parade goers. I’ve got to admit, the Sunset Cliffs Dogs are always my favorite participants. I’m always impressed by how active the OB Historical Society is in our community and the parade was no exception. I especially enjoyed the music, including the drummers and the Scottish band.
Editor: Here’s a compilation of photos of Saturday’s Christmas Parade in Ocean Beach in the following gallery (click on images for a larger version). It turned out that both cameras of our OB Rag photogs – who had pledged to take pics of our annual Newport Avenue “romp” – went on the fritz. (Anybody know the origin of that expression?)
Anyhow, we made an appeal for photos – and here’s what we have so far – and we will keep adding new ones sent to us via our email throughout this coming week.