Christmas parade

Dear Editor:This was the first year in a long time that it rained on the Downey Christmas Parade. As a participant for the last seven years with the Downey Bachelor and Bachelorettes Square Dance Club, I want to give a big "thank you" to all the people that stood out in the rain to cheer us on. There were people with umbrellas and raincoats, and babies bundled into strollers covered with plastic and more umbrellas, just as if it were a bright, sunny day. I saw the Downey queen and her court early in the day trying to stay dry and keep their dresses from touching the ground and getting soiled. Later after 3 p.m., when their float finally made it down the avenue, they were still smiling and as gracious as they had been earlier, only a lot more wet and chilled after hours of intermittent rain. Thank you to the city of Downey and all the parade sponsors who work so hard to enable us to have an annual Christmas parade. My most heartfelt thanks goes out to the wonderful people of our community that were there for us, come rain or shine. Merry Christmas to all! Toni Emily Downey

********** Published: December 20, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 36