On Saturday afternoon, Liz, Collin and I ventured into downtown Clayton for their annual Christmas parade. Below are some photos from that. All the usual suspects were there: marching bands, groups of dancers, baton twirlers (with flaming batons, to boot!), and assorted politicians and "Junior Miss" winners being driven in fancy cars. There were lots of regular style floats with glitter and tinsel, and a few different ones: the Vietnam-era helicopter, a giant shopping cart (promoting NC agriculture / produce) and a white van advertising a funeral home (this van had no tinsel or glitter). And in tradition, Santa made his appearance in grand style, driving a fancy old red car. He was not, however, the last down the road. The highlight (of which I have no photos as the camera battery died) was a procession of 9 Caterpillar skid steer loaders sporting reindeer antlers, with a red-nosed Rudolph leading the way!