We made a special 2nd trip down to Smithville yesterday to soak up some more of the divine small town atmosphere—and watch a parade!
I absolutely love love love parades. Time permitting I’ll go out of my way to witness such spectacles. I’m not sure why, but each one I attend is unique and always offers a nice big chunk of Americana.
So Main Street in Smithville, Texas (pop. ~4,200) was all lit up yesterday evening. The area was transformed into a wonderland of lights for the winter and holiday season.
Once the sun went down the annual Lighted Parade with Santa began with all kinds of illuminated vehicles and floats. Even the band musicians, pimped-out Jeeps, a few dogs and other animals were all lit up for the festivities.
I brought my 70D along to shoot a little video. It handles low light quite well.
We set up our chairs literally on Main Street right in front of all the floats and such. Could not have asked for a better spot to watch it all go by!
Afterwards we headed over to Honey’s, fast becoming one of our favorite spots to hang outside around a fire on a pleasant Smithville day-trip evening, have some great pizza and refreshing beverages, plus best of all meet a few local kindred spirits!
Last, I was informed that Micklethwaite Craft Meats is opening up in an old automotive/garage type building just across the street from Honey’s in the coming months. I’ve been wanting to try their BBQ meats for a long time, but don’t do lines very well in Austin. So I’m hoping to get a taste in Smithville once they are open for business.
If you ever want to watch a great small town parade and meet some of the most friendly folks around, you’ve got to make your way to Smithville!