This past Saturday I unexpectedly had the day to myself. Tom had some other commitments and I didn't have homework or anything else to do. A classmate told me about a Christmas festival in a little town north of Austin and I decided it was just the right thing for me. Georgetown is a town of about 50,000 people, about 25 miles north of Austin. It is the county seat of Williamson County and has the typical small town structure of a courthouse surrounded by a square. The Christmas Stoll is a weekend long event with all kinds of vendors, food, games and crafts for kids, Christmas tree sales, pictures with Santa, and on Saturday morning a parade. I decided to head up early for the parade. It was a little cold and dreary, but the drive was easy, the walking around felt great, and there was so much to see.
It was a pretty typical small town parade. It started with the mayor, and ended with Santa on a fire truck. In between, there were all the area high school marching bands, their cheerleaders, and the local pre-schools on floats. All the cub scout troops were there, and each little boy had built a sort of race car that was pulled with a rope. They were so cute. The local fast food restaurants all had a float….McDonalds, Sonic, and the Chik-Fil-A cows. Here are some of the pictures I took. Sorry there are so many! Some are a little blurry because of course everthing was moving!
Here are the cubscouts. Love the one that has the rear gunner!
Lots of cheerleaders….including a special "seniors" group….(and not seniors in HS!)
A few bands...
Some random animals….a miniture pony, rabits (huh?) and a goat (really), and even a donkey to walk with Mary, who looks a little too pregnant to be in a parade!
And lots of other fun things...
And of course Miss Georgetown!
There was the requisite festival food….and even a little demo in case you can't envision snitzel on a stick!
I loved all the architecture around the square….
And as usual I found a few beautiful old houses that I just loved. The peach Victorian belongs to the mom of one of my friends…(Hi, Peri!). I could move right into any of them and be very happy!
So that was a pretty long tour of Georgetown and the Xmas parade! It's always fun to check out a new town!