The Best Christmas/Halloween/Summer Parade Ever!
Trip Start May 31, 2012
70Trip End Aug 08, 2013
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Kara was an elf (a pretty attractive elf if you ask me) and I was a snowman (again, pretty damn attractive) and we were on a float entitled 'Santa's Workshop'. I wanted to be a snowman because I really wanted to overhear this conversation; "Who's the idiot dressed as the snowman in Australia?" "Ah, it's just that Canadian bloke!". People dress up in costumes that aren't even Christmas related (or are only marginally related), hence another Halloween crossover. We saw a group of penguins and a whole family of pirates.
Every year, a prize is given for the best float in the parade. Paula Bawden, one of Kara's coworkers has vowed to win that prize, but has been thwarted every year by the local hardware store. In order to win this year, Paula would have to top a bunch of dogs in Santa hats, which is how they win every year according to Paula. Ever since we met her in August when we moved here, she's been brainstorming ideas for a float. Paula's husband, Angas, runs a construction company in town and together, they had put together this amazing float for 'Santa's Workshop'. They built a shed-like structure and covered it in fake snow, candy canes and tinsel, loaded it on the back of a flat bed truck and filled the inside with hay bales for us to sit on, fake presents and enough lollies to fill the neighbourhood kids with sugar to last until next Christmas. I also ate a lot of the lollies and encouraged the kids on the float with us to eat as much as they could as well. Then I told the parents of said kids, after the parade, that I forbade the kids from eating the candy. It was a win-win situation!
Following the parade, we all drove back on the float to where our cars were parked
But back to Paula and Angas Bawden and the nagging questions that you must have. Were the judges sufficiently impressed with Santa's Workshop? Did we win the 'float of the year' award? Did the dogs wear hats again this year? Yes, yes and I don't know. The judges were impressed enough to hand over first prize to Paula and Angas, and Paula can now live out the rest of her life happily. As for the dogs, I didn't see them and can't verify whether they wore hats; in fact, we'll never know whether they wore hats this year, or even if they showed up. Actually, Paula will never know whether she won against the hatted dogs fair-and-square or whether the dogs were a no-show. Sleep well, Paula, sleep well.