Thursday, January 12, 2006


Tekamah had a light parade around Christmas time. It lived for about 3 years until it died for lack of leadership. People turned out for it. A lot of people turned out for it. This is the what my boys entered last year. They drove this old 4 door Ford pickup, up from Lincoln, and spent a Saturday afternoon mounting the generator, Christmas tree, (on back end) and enough lights to fairly blind onlookers. It took first place. There were probably only 7 or 8 entries, and I would guess 7 or 800 people sitting in cars, and standing along mainstreet. They didn't have anyone to take charge of the parade and run it right. If they had, it easily could have been a huge event. If I can find a picture of the combine son Tom decorated the year before, I'll put it up on this blog. Small town kind of fun. Not pictured is the lit up camel. No not a cigarette.

13 comments:

Rachel said...

My word,I never saw so many lights on one truck before. I'll bet that was some fun putting them on and taking them off! I'm sure the onlookers had to put on their sunglasses when they passed by!

Just Help Me said...

how cute that is, i sure wouldn't want to take all those lights off though. lol

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

wow, that is pretty cool.

back where i grew up in Michigan we had a lighted chritsmas farm implent pardae..I lived in a small town...10,000 people show up for that...lighted tractors and they come for miles...they still do it to this day..

you should enter that car in it next year;)

Peter said...

Small town fun often beats the city stuff Cliff.

Jim said...

Cliff, you are welcome to come visit us at Thanksgiving time some time.
Our Houston Electric Light Parade is pretty good, not as good as Disney's.
See http://www.uptown-houston.com/about/events/upcoming.html
One of the photos on this site shows part of the crowd. Be ready for more elbow to elbow viewers than the population of Omaha. And it is in 'Uptown,' not 'Downtown.'
We will do the driving and parking.
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Miki said...

here on Long Island, we have a different parade fo reach town! In my hometown, they do a "blessing of the fleet" and have a lighted boat parade on the river that leads out to the Great South Bay. It is really cute to see. Santa is on the last boat as he would be in any parade!

Another town also does the light parade, but down their main street. Many neighboring fire depts light up their trucks and participate. Cliff, next year you should take charge and get it organized, it would be stressful but so much fun for everyone!

Jim said...

New Yorkers do it up good. I should say bad.
We saw the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in October 2003. A fairly large crowd attended, it is that bourough's only parade. Having no other choices, they come anyway, putting up with no motorized floats, no bands, no cheer leaders, no horses, and on and on.
Next time we will opt for Long Island's.

Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

In Denver they have an annual event called the Parade of Lights. Dan and Tom ought to enter it.
Ralph

terah said...

This reminds me of a John Deere dealership north of Indianapolis that displays the life cycle of corn - all in Christmas lights - each year. They cover everything from planting to harvesting. It's pretty neat!

Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

Too cool, Cliff! Nice job on the pickup.

We used to have a parade of lights at the marina, too. We'd at light-up our boats and go for a sail. Then we'd go back to the marina.

Once back,some of of us stayed on the dock and boat hopped for cordials. Other went on to the Yacht Club and got lit-up.

Sadly, those pictures are all in my memory. I couldn't agree more; what a great time!

Triplet Dads said...

That must be one of those 1/4 ton pickups because it looks really light.

poopie said...

Who knows how much fun stuff dies for lack of leadership. Seriously.

Jamie Dawn said...

That looks super! Small town parades are so fun. Too bad no one took charge and helped make it a big, annual event. Maybe the Lord is calling you to take charge.