Yesterday I went with my friend Les to pick up her wine order at Paradise Springs Winery outside Clifton, Virginia. We planned to stop in Clifton, which is an old town with a history of railroading and lumber. It has a lot of gift shops and small businesses, including the Italian restaurant, Villagio. We came out from a fine lunch, thinking to head to another gift shop before moving on to the winery, but walked right into a parade.
There was a fine crowd there for it. It must have been to kick off the Christmas season, because there was also a house tour scheduled for the late afternoon and there was an art show as well. Les was told it was the horse parade.
The horses came after, some decorated with hats and some with riders decorated and dressed for the season.
And some of the horses were decorated with wreaths, tail bows, and assorted other finery.
And then there was the Grinch!!! Leading a very cute donkey decorated with Christmas tree lights.
The Grinch was closely followed by a contingent of cavalry, who drew their swords at one point, perhaps trying to scare the Grinch away.
The parade made a circle through the town. It was followed, coming and going by some people with a wheelbarrow and shovel. Yes, they had some work to do…
After the parade, we went out to the winery, which was also hopping. We tasted some wine and bought some wine. I’ll be going back here for the quickness of the get-away, the nice little town, and the fabulous winery. It was really a delight to make a trip and be surprised by a celebration. Do I need to get out more, or what?