West Cape May Christmas Parade 2012

Cape May, NJ – The firetrucks were flashing on and off like 3-D day-glo art works.  Mummers and marching bands filled the night with music. The only thing missing in the West Cape May Christmas Parade Saturday night were winter coats. It was  a remarkably balmy evening.

Parade goers along Broadway hopped from open house to open house, as they watched the firetrucks and floats go by.

Many of those floats had maritime themes.

One float was surrounded by a group of walking fishes, doing their best to swim on Broadway.

That float had Noah’s Ark quality to it, appropriate considering the recent flooding.

A collection of dogs on leashes walked in solidarity with Snoopy.

Santas and Angels were everywhere.

A dancing troupe brought their own gingerbread house.

Another group assembled a manger, complete with real, live baby.

And, of course, just when you thought you had seen saw every firetruck in Cape May County, another one rolled by.

As parades go, this year’s was a good one.

It just felt a touch odd not to be shivering. No ski cap pulled down over your eyes this year. No numbing temperatures turning fingers to ice.

Oh well, maybe next year.

About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.