post by Vanora Spreen, November 27th 2012
Well, it’s that time of year again! The hustle and bustle of shopping, the seasonal movies, the parties and over-indulgence! And my personal favourite – The Santa Claus Parade!
Every year the Rotary Club I belong to participates in our city’s annual Christmas Parade. The parade takes about two hours to pass along our main street and is quite beautiful being a night time parade with each float being quite festively decked out with lighting. It is quite a joy to see the floats and bands light up the children’s faces, all in anticipation of seeing the “jolly old elf” himself.
This year, our float consisted of a very confused Mickey and Minnie, on a boat, lost at sea near the North Pole! We had penguins (not really a North Pole animal, as one very astute child pointed out to me!) and Christmas trees! Our Christmas trees consisted of costumes worn by our Interact students and foreign exchange students, with a couple of volunteer family members to add to the fun!
What struck me was the amount of planning, purchasing and volunteer hours that went into the creation of the parade! Our float alone brought together a number of professions to design and construct it! Consider a lawyer, dentist, florist, image consultant, carpenter, interior décor specialist, real estate sales person, all coming together to build this one float alone! I’m not sure how many entries were in the parade this year, let say there was 50 to be conservative. Can you imagine the teamwork involved in creating a parade?
I don’t usually participate in the construction of the float. Instead, on parade day, you will find me selling hot dogs, hamburgers, and hot chocolate at our Rotary booth! We set up a couple of hours before the parade. As families arrive to stake their place along the parade route, it is inevitable that someone will be hungry! And yes, we do this snow, sleet, rain or shine! (thank goodness for mittens!)
This year we were blessed with pleasant weather – no snow, but we didn’t freeze our fingers off either!
I am fortunate to be reminded on a regular basis of the value of good teamwork. No competing or vying for position, no bickering or back-stabbing, just a great group of people all working towards a common goal.
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