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The Turnpikes of Blissfulness
As Cinderella's glorified stagecoach bypassed me, a float with pinwheels, fans,
and a crane features a mouse seated on it. I really don't know her name at that
age, but it turned out to be Monty from the television series Chip n' Dale's
Rescue Rangers, which aired on the year I was born. The duck on the same float
was Scrooge, with his cane and top hat.
Following them were a bunch of toys dancing and greeting the crowd (with me
included) with a train of clowns trailing behind them. After two blocks trailed
behind the clown train, an army of toy solders showed off their marching
maneuvers, trumpet fanfares, percussion rudiments, and resolute faces. A float
(in which it was used a few years later by Chip N' Dale) has their rare, furry
beauties -- the Gummi Bears (which was supposed to be the Gummy Bears, but
people are getting used to that misspelling of gummy) . They were swinging their
peppermint sticks to Toyland and they were grooving along to Jolly Old St.
Proceeding the float was the Hundred Acre Wood treehouse float (spotted on most
versions of this type of parade, including the 1994 televised version and my
Christmas vacation in 1996) with the same snowmen dancing with Winnie The Pooh
and his cheerful allies. Then the parade goes on as always: the peppermint
dancers, Mrs. Claus, the gingerbread house, and you know the rest.
After the parade is over, a float with a brass band marks the prelude of the
Party Gras Parade. A bunch of Disney citizens were swaggering entertainers who
followed the ensemble that played a crazy arrangement of "Santa Claus is Coming
to Town" that was absolutely jazzy. My favorite member of the troupe was Br'er
Rabbit, one of my favorite Disney Characters. As my other favorite, Br'er Fox
reached out his hand, with me waiting for a greeting form him but he didn't.
Then the whole parade route goes over the top as the Party Gras parade arrives.
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