There are a few things that I am certain you can only see in Bishop, California and there were a few at this year’s Christmas Parade. The weather was one of the few typical things when it comes to this time of the year – it was so freakin’ cold. If you’ve never heard of Bishop, we are concidered the Mule Capital of the World. That is evident on Memorial Day weekend at the end of May every year for a celebration called Mule Days, but that’s a different story. The Christmas Parade is about the only parade that the locals come out of hiding to attend. The one for Mule Days is for the many, many, MANY tourists that flock to our wonderful small town for a few days to believe they are cowboys or cowgirls, but just make fools of themselves. The Christmas Parade is also the one that hardly, if any, mules are entered. What can I say, we’re allowed one small break in the year.
I think this year’s parade was one of the longest in quite some time. About ten years ago I was in the parade singing with a group called the Sweet Adalines and we pretty much stopped singing when we lost our voices due to the cold and the fact that it started snowing. No snow was in sight for this year, but the cold remained, but it still managed to bring out a few odd entries. Two that really come to mind are a chicken on a leash and an odd-looking elf. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself:
See? I’m not as crazy as you might think. At least I have pictures to prove this. Never in my life did I think I would see a chicken on a leash, but then again I do live in Bishop. As far as the elf is concerned, I have no explaination. I don’t know what that is or if it is meant to give children joy or nightmares. We do have an Elm street…. hmmm, I do wonder sometimes.
To lighten to odd mood, we had some wonderful and feastive animals join us with the Animal Shelter, hoping to find a home for their four-legged friends, and the Pugs on Parade. The pugs were just too cute and cannot be properly described with words, but pictures I have.
And I have more pictures of the parade. Enjoy.