Day 79: Watch the lighting of Michigan Avenue

November 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Apparently it is Christmas time in Chicago! Forget Thanksgiving – here we skip straight to the good stuff.

Today was the annual Christmas parade and lighting of Michigan Avenue downtown. While we were at the L stop waiting for the train to come, a train completely decked out in Christmas lights came by  going the other direction. It even had a car with Santa and his sleigh on it. I can only imagine that he was freezing.

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It was absolutely packed downtown. We waited 25 minutes to get a coffee from Starbucks, then entered the throngs of people lining the street.

It was already hard to see, but as soon as the parade started, dozens of parents throughout the crowd simultaneously lifted their children and put them on their shoulders, as if it had been choreographed.

Mickey and Minnie started off the parade by riding by on a float and “magically” turning on the lights in the trees lining the street. Then came a number of marching bands, double-decker buses and giant balloons, including ornaments, Frosty the Snowman and a giant Rudolph with a deflated leg. Then Donald and Goofy passed, and, of course, Santa was the grand finale.

Then we rushed down the street to the river where they shot green and red fireworks into the air.

Merry Thanksgiving!



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