Well here it is, my first parade pictures post. I'm not really a parade kind of person. For me, in Disney World, a parade is a thing other people go to so I can have shorter lines for the rides. Plus the non stop loud music they play for parades really hurts my ears.. I once saw a parade where they had some people who had won some sort of Dream prize that let them ride on a parade vehicle.. I noticed that they all wore earplugs.
But I admit, I'm missing out on some major components of WDW. I dislike crowds and in general watching a parade is kind of an unpleasant experience for me.. and I keep getting trapped by them, especially in Animal Kingdom, where at one point a parade completely blocks any avenue of travel through the park until it passes.. but I can't say I don't appreciate them. This winter I watched the Stars and Cars parade at MGM, because I'd heard that they had some Star Wars content. Unfortunately this was a Christmas themed parade that appeared to have no Star Wars content whatsoever, but I still have to admit I enjoyed it.
For the first picture.. well.. he couldn't have been pointing more directly at my camera if I'd have asked him to. And he did it twice, so I got a chance to pick the best shot. Could he have actually been pointing at me, seeing that I had a major camera pointed at him that he wanted to ham it up for? I have no idea.. but I like to think so.
For number two.. all I have to say is that she plays a good Cruella Deville.
What is it about villains that makes me smile? It's kind of weird when you think about it.. they're holding up signs complaining about the holidays, and frowning at the audience.. and I'm grinning.
It was a neat parade, I got a kick out of it. I was especially impressed with how often some of the characters (the ones not sitting on a vehicle) came to the edge of the route to interact with people. I mean *I* thought that was neat.. the guy who usually gripes about how the parades get in his way when he's trying to ride as many rides as possible. Yet a penguin in a scarf walks up to the edge of the crowd near me and I start smiling.