Views of the Neighborhood – Holiday Parade

This week started the holiday season here in Port Aransas. Like everything else we do here, it was kicked off with a parade. The parade started about a half mile from the community center and ended there with hot cocoa, popcorn, cookies, coffee, and a visit by Santa. The evening was capped with live music and the lighting of the holiday tree. I apologize for the quality of the parade photos. The darkness fell and I really should have had a tripod. I think you can catch the spirit.

Holiday Party

The Community center is ready for the Holiday festivities.

The elves are putting out the cookies.

Frosty is waiting to greet everyone.

Frosty’s brother is here too.

The parade and activities were sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The tree is waiting to be lighted.

The parade is starting

EMS is here.

A decorated golf cart.

A golf cart with red running lights.

A classic 1948 MG.

The lifeguards are here with a Santa float.

The real Santa on a hook and ladder.

One of Port A’s finest.


  1. Looks fun. Shame the snow didn’t last 😉
    Nice to see a classy and classic British car joining in the festivities.

    1. It is in pristine condition as well.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Beautiful. You have the makings of a Hallmark film, don’t you think? Seriously, how the town has come together after the hurricane is a testimony of the best in human nature. 🙂

    1. I think so too. The crowds are definitely thinner. Sadly, a lot of folks who lost their homes have moved away. Everyone is trying to keep the spirit alive but it becomes a challenge. Thanks , Gwen.

  3. Love the decorated golf cart. Never knew Frosty has a brother too.

    1. Ha ha ha. Fiction writer license.

  4. It is wonderful to see the Christmas spirit despite the recovery process still on-going.

    1. If you notice the roof on the tree picture. It has blue tarp on it. Thanks, GP

  5. Stunning, dear John! True spirit of Christmas! And what an amazing name for a snowman: Frosty! I will keep it in mind.

    1. Frosty is very famous her in the US. The blow up snowmen are in his likeness. Thanks, Marie. 🙂

      1. 🙂 His snowy girlfriend’s name must be Icy or Snowie…:-)

      2. Great! Wonderful name!

  6. Your town would make a great setting for a book, John. I love how the community celebrates together. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Sunday!

    1. Thanks, Jill. I do use Port A as a setting but never really get into the spirit of the town. Maybe I’ll do more of that in the next one. Super Sunday to you. 😀

  7. Look’s like fun, John. I love Santa on the hook and ladder truck. Good pictures Have a great week. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Have a great one as well.

  8. Really nice, John. Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Merry Christmas to you, Jennie. 😀

  9. Port A does like its parades.

    1. Almost any occasion. Thanks, Greg

  10. You had me with the photo of the popcorn machine. Solves all kinds of problems.

    Beautiful photos, John. I think you did a god job of capturing the spirit.

    No running lights on the MG, which I can understand, having had a British car for 25 years.

    1. Hard to capture in the dark too. The same car was in the Old Town parade as well.

      1. It’s a classic

      2. In high school a friend of mine had a British Green MG. He was about six feet two and had to wear goggles when he had the top down since he stuck up so far above the windshield. His dad would not let him drive it in the winter because he had to squinch sideways to fit below the roof. A great car.

      3. I had a ’79 Spitfire until about 2009. It needed to be restored, and I needed one less hobby.

      4. Ha ha ha. That’s what happened to my 79 Toyota FJ40.

      5. Besides, the thing was only 4″ off the ground. Getting in and out was getting to be more of a challenge each year.

      6. I have a car now that I have to roll out of. Love the looks in parking lots.

  11. I really love Christmas season hereabouts. Thanks, John, for the pictures, and have a great Sunday,

    1. You as well, Pit. Thanks

  12. A delightful tour, John! Perhaps we should export some snow for the lawn around that community Christmas tree!

    1. That’s okay. We have great imaginations.

  13. Looks like a great time.

    1. Turnout was low but it was fun.

  14. Yes, John — the spirit definitely comes through your photos. This is a wonderful view of the neighborhood. Thank you for the smiles. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Hugs back (a little slower though)

  15. Wonderful Christmas spirit in your neighborhood, John. Love seeing your posts about the area. Very community oriented. Thanks! Merry Christmas to you & family! 🎄🎄🎄Christine

    1. Thank you , Christine. Merry Christmas to you s well.

  16. Thanks for sharing, John. Merry Christmas!

    1. Merry Christmas to you, Jan.

  17. Looks like a good time!

  18. This is charming. I could live here!

    1. We would love having you as well, Jacqui.

  19. The spirit is abundant in your photos, John, despite the recovery still in process. Looks like a fun time for all! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, too! 🤶🎄😊

    1. Thanks you, Lauren. Merry Christmas to your and yours as well.

  20. Great community spirit – A Very Merry Christmas, Port A! 😀

  21. Really hard to get good nighttime pictures, but I enjoyed the parade, John. We had ours really early this year — I guess the organizers never can count on perfect weather here!

    1. Yeah. Our weather wasn’t the best either.

  22. Love the cool looking Santa on top of the lifeguide’s vehicle, John. I guess he’s keeping in with who’s driving the vehicle. I wouldn’t have minded being behind the wheel of that MG anytime of the year.

    1. It is a classic. (Of course, it was configured for the US but otherwise could be sitting in the British countryside, Thanks, Hugh.

      1. In the British countryside right outside my front door, John. 🎅
        I wonder if Santa can get one on his sleigh?

      2. Ha ha ha. If you believe he can then he can.

  23. Oh my gosh, it’s Wednesday already! I love seeing pictures of Port Aransas. You are all definitely in the holiday spirit. Any of those cookies left? I could definitely use some as I am way behind in baking, too.

    1. Ha ha ha. I think they are all gone.

      1. If ya snooze….

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