It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and the East LA Christmas Parade already happened, just this past Sunday. Seems kinda early to me, but what do I know about choosing dates for parades? I managed to catch some of it, want to take a look at the pics? Siganme los buenos!
PS, lots of pics ahead. But you don’t want to work anyways, just do it!
When I got to the corner of Whittier and Duncan, I’d already missed some of it, maybe lots of it. Oh well.
Parades and dancing kids go hand in hand.
The Garfield High Bulldog. Please excuse the poor quality of my pics, I was facing the sun.
I’m not sure what this miniature war ship was about, maybe the Lilliputians are organizing an attack.
…lead the way for the lowrider cars. I think it must be a legal requirement that Eastside parades have lowriders. The first batch were the older, classic autos.
This must be the best seat in which to see all the action on Whittier Blvd.
I could never own a nice car like this, I’d never wash it. And the duct tape repairs would hurt its value.
The whole family came along in this ride.
Look how low this truck is; if it went over the horse droppings some of it would surely have gotten on the car. Err, keep an eye on those, they’ll be the subject of some cheap laughs later on. Yeah, I’m immature.
Here’s a short clip of the cars in action.
Quite a few vendors were out selling party favors.
The old style of transport also made a presence.
Lots of people came out to watch, like these kids that were having fun.
Paulo Nagamura of Chivas USA gets heckled by the guy in the blue shirt that’s screaming “America”, the big rival of Chivas in Mexican Futbol.
Drill team in action.
Watch your step!
Learning the ropes.
And a very young one as well!
A band called Orgullo Cafe. Why the hell are they laughing at me?!?
Truckload of young faces.
Hey look everyone, it’s the peneagle named Norky! What’s a peneagle? That’s what you get when the father eagle and the mother penguin get it on. Or so says the website. Inter-species love, how romantic.
The height of excess. Seems quite appropriate for the commodity fetish season. I think I’ll celebrate Buy Nothing Day this year.
The Compton Sounders were a crowd favorite.
A biker with a new flag that mixes the Mexican and United States flags. No doubt some of the haters are going to be offended. Bunch of babies.
Down in front! Some vato blocks my shot of the pretty ladies. Oh wait, is that Ed from View from a Loft? Yes it is! Ah, okay, I’ll let it slide compa. ;)
And now, time for more lowriders, only these are a bit newer.
Always a crowd favorite.
Cotton candy on a stick.
A silly string vendor chats with his customers.
A Tamborazo band comes along to share some festive music. They’re playing the song that seemed to be in non-stop rotation on the radio this summer, El Camaleon.
Here’s a short clip of the band and some horsies.
Kids attack the paletero.
These ladies gave the landmines a wide berth…
…too bad they didn’t tell those in the back! Okay, I’ll stop being a jerk now.
Some creepy looking pumpkin head kids towards the end of the parade.
I guess not everyone thinks they’re creepy.
And once you see Santa, it’s all over.
Packing up and heading home as the street cleaners loom in the distance. And here I bid you farewell. Enjoy the holidays!