Continuing from yesterday's entry, the four of us settled in for the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade on Tempe (AZ) Town Lake.
The theme of this year's parade was "Santa's Workshop."
The entries could either be human powered watercraft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, sailboats, row boats) or motorized boats (the only time each year that gas powered boats are allowed on Tempe Town Lake).
The required lighting minimums for participation were: 500 lights (human powered boats) and 2,000 lights (motorized boats).
The names of the winners were announced online, but they were only identified by the person's name. Since there were no programs or public address announcer identifying the entrants, I can only show the photos of the entries and let you judge them.
The parade route called for the boats to pass near the shore we were on, then proceed to the light rail bridge (shown below), head to the other shore, and return to the starting area.
In the background is a boat along the opposite shore.
The evening ended with a brief fireworks display.
For people accustomed to spending mid-December indoors watching parades on television, this was a welcome change.
We are two retirees--Chuck, 64, and Kate, 63--who decided to travel the U.S. On June 13, 2008, we began our long-talked-about travels by heading south from our home in Pennsylvania in our Ford 550 and 38’ New Horizons fifth wheel.
Our travel aim is to meet people and go at least "knee-deep" into the culture of several communities. To learn what is important in the lives of the residents of the towns, villages, and farms of America is our primary interest.
When not learning about what people do, we will be (1) sampling the foods that help people do what needs to be done and (2) listening to the music of their culture.
A neighborhood joint or local hall serving liquid refreshment and featuring a jam session with local musicians . . . well, it just doesn't get any better.
We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions of people to meet, places to visit, and "don't miss" neighborhood joints for food and/or music. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org