Millersport puts on a nice Christmas parade, but wow, Gatlinburg's Christmas parade was something else. We headed down the mountain around 3:30 and found somewhere to park (we found a really good spot, it turned out, as we were able to buzz straight out after the parade). Then we walked up and down the "downtown" Gatlinburg area for a while, checked out a fun craft show (indoor), and staked out "our spot." We found that many people set their chairs out the night before to stake their claim for parade-watching, but we (a) didn't have chairs; and (b) we didn't have chairs. But we did have a blanket, and Tara found us a great spot by a trash can and a light post. "Great" because it was a spot by the road and because we had something to lean on and because the odor from the garbage can was drifting the other way. AND because the people next to us had two little boys, aged 7 and 5, with whom Jonathan and Andrew had a blast before the parade.
The parade itself was a lot of fun. Not much candy, but I did manage to get hit on the head by a bag of M&Ms (when I was changing batteries on the camera) :-) The temperature dropped while we were out there, but we dressed warmly - in many, many layers, and we bought hand warmers.
Pictures will follow...