Boy scouts, girl scouts, puppy dogs and camels. Fire trucks, pickups, dancing dames and horses. Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade this past Saturday had something for everyone, from Mayor David Wilkes leading the lineup, to Santa and Mrs. Claus bringing up the rear. The Thunderbird Club definitely had a presence, and, of course, in between the floats and the Highlands School Band, spectators were thrilled with the ever popular dancing ladies of the Mountain Garden Club as they kicked up their heels and even performed the can-can. Highlands United Methodist Church contributed to the authentic Christmas experience with real live camels and donkeys.
There’s something about the Highlands Christmas parade that warms the heart of those watching, even on a nippy December day. Few Highlands’ residents stay home on the annual Christmas Parade day. Visitors from near and far arrive early for a good viewing spot. The children at Highlands’ parade are always well behaved as they gather up candy, and bigger children share their take with the smaller ones who didn’t receive any. Even the many dogs, leashed to their owners, sat quietly and seemed to enjoy the festivities.
There’s nothing like a parade, especially in Highlands at Christmas time.