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36 thoughts on “Holiday Parade

  1. Tj

    What the hell did they do with Santa Claus? Anyone know who sponsored that float?

  2. Only in Asheville would Santa be dressed in black. Of course, they probably don’t call him Santa, preferring to go with Old Man Winter or some such nonsense.

  3. “Only in Asheville would Santa be dressed in black. Of course, they probably don’t call him Santa, preferring to go with Old Man Winter or some such nonsense.”

    Probable due to Asheville’s Godless, teeming den of inequity reputation….dont’cha think?

    [sarc]

  4. Yep. At least the weirdos are mostly concentrated in one spot in western North Carolina. Keeps them mostly out of our hair. ???

  5. dpewen

    We feel the same way about the “normal” people.
    I had a great time at the parade … did lots of cheering … and booed the freaky religious floats!

  6. Obviously we have become sodom and gomorrah. All the “good” folks better hide your wife, hide your kidz and your husbandz.

  7. bigdaddymatt

    If you looked a little more closely, rather than stopping at this first image, you’d see that Santa was present in his traditional garb. The man in black was a wizard. Holiday haters.

    It’s right for this to be called a holiday parade because, thankfully, Asheville has a diverse community of people who celebrate and worship in an equally diverse manner. Inclusiveness & tolerance aren’t bad things.

    My family loved the parade, thanks to everyone who made it happen!

  8. Where's the Honor?

    Hey Mountain X? What no pictures of the Service Men and Women that marched? Well, it is obvious you could care less about the folks who allow you to remain free. The mountains are mourning the loss of another fine soldier, and once again Mtn X would rather force their ideology of anti-war. Not a mention of the HERO who died fighting the people who want to kill every American.

  9. dpewen

    It’s amazes me that people really do feel that way … guess they have never been to real cities!

  10. dpewen

    Thanks Mtn-x for not glorifying wars by showing marching military personal.

  11. BigAl

    If the holiday parade offended any of you so much, might I suggest skipping the parade next year and recommend the Marshal Handmade Holiday at Marshall High Studios 10am-5pm the same day each year (so far). Awsome arts and crafts, good food, bluegrass music, and a day trip into the beautiful valley that Marshal occupies, all FREE.

    Also no weirdos (not outright, anyway).

  12. Jeff

    Santa was just in a dark, pensive mood. Ok? Sometimes even Santa feels solemn.

  13. Maybe Santa was in mourning.

    “It’s amazes me that people really do feel that way … guess they have never been to real cities!”

    Yeah buddy, showing very telling, hayseed mentality.

  14. bikeman

    I’ve been going to this parade for years, and was wondering, why the big gaps between the different entries of the parade? Sometimes five of more minutes between the marchers.
    No matter, I still had fun.
    Nothing beats a good ole’ holiday parade!!!

  15. dpewen

    “Yeah buddy, showing very telling, hayseed mentality”

    Yup, most posts.

  16. Wouldn’t it be up to the local military organizations or their associations to show up and get on board with the parade?

  17. ” What no pictures of the Service Men and Women that marched? Well, it is obvious you could care less about the folks who allow you to remain free. “

    No ponies either…it’s obvious MtnExp hates ponies and is promoting Socialist Lamas.

  18. dpewen

    That is funny!! Damm socialists! Always trying to provide services for people!!

  19. bigdaddymatt

    @Thunder Pig

    I guess you need to get out more, but with all the “weirdos” out there maybe you should stay home.

  20. @bigdaddymatt

    I do get out. In fact, I took some photos in town today and am looking forward to the Christmas Parade in Franklin on Sunday. The theme this year is “Let It Be Christmas”.

    Here is a photo of the Nativity scene in front of the Courthouse http://twitpic.com/39j3i4

    Betcha won’t find that in Asheville.

  21. dpewen

    Yuk … I hope not! I believe christians think Santa Claus is a real person. Keep Asheville weird! I spend a lot of time in Marshall and have not met a christian there yet … yea!

  22. Piffy!

    Christianity is a Socialistic plot that wants to indoctrinate our children with ideas of sharing and co-operation that threaten the very foundations of our personal Liberties!

  23. BigAl

    “I spend a lot of time in Marshall and have not met a christian there yet … yea!”

    I was in Marshall last Saturday and the pieces of the Nativity scene are sitting on the front lawn of the courthouse waiting to be assembled.

  24. “I was in Marshall last Saturday and the pieces of the Nativity scene are sitting on the front lawn of the courthouse waiting to be assembled.”

    So?
    You’re implying that means there is holiness abounding. It doesn’t.

    It’s very easy to talk the talk, very difficult to walk the walk. Putting up a nativity don’t mean jack.

  25. BigAl

    I wasn’t implying anything about holiness, just responding to dpewen’s implication that there were few Christians in Marshall. With the current trend of opposition to Christian (or other religious) displays on public spaces, I doubt a nativity scene would be allowed on a courthouse lawn unless Christian Evangelicals were in sufficient numbers to support such.

  26. @DL Dial:

    It shows, at the very least, a respect for the reason for the season…made doubly special by the litigious nature of today’s society. That does mean something.

  27. Betty Cloer Wallace

    Through the centuries Christianity and other Abrahamic religions have appropriated most of their seasonal holiday customs from Pagan origins and redesigned them for their own purposes.

    As with all parades in Asheville, we are simply being inclusive of a diverse population of humankind, seeds from diverse lineage.

  28. All it really means is the City of Marshall forked out money for plastic symbols. No more, no less. Stop with the litigious drama, like “Christianity” is in danger of being outlawed. Sheesh!

    Walk the walk, Bobby, talking it just piles on more B.S.

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