Photo Gallery: A br-r-r-right and beautiful Washington Christmas

Christmas in Washington

Oh, it was plenty chilly, but completely heartwarming: that would be Sunday’s sixth annual ‘Little” Washington Christmas Festival and Parade, which featured (photos below, left to right in each row, starting from top left): the ever-impressive U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, which led things off with flair and precision; Santa, who arrived via convertible and visited after the parade with a constant stream of well-bundled youngsters at Stonyman Town Square; Mayor John and Beverly Sullivan and pooch in the jump seat of a 1931 Chrysler, one of several antique autos; parade director Denise Chandler with elf Kaye Kohler; a wise parade-goer who knows there’s no rule that says insulating layers can’t include at least one friendly (and warm) chicken; Hearthstone students keeping warm with a song; Kim Nelson riding by with other members and friends of the Desperate Horsewives club (including Darlene Felton, who provided the Civil War-era dresses that elegantly masked warm riding wear); artisans’ markets at both Town Hall and RAAC Community Theatre, where business (rather than the wind) was brisk; local Girl Scouts singing and dressed as those ever-popular cookies; the crackerjack hometown band, Rappahannock County High School’s Marching Panthers; Linda Dietel, greeting friends from atop the Link community center’s float; Cooter and Friends keeping fingers, feet and vocal cords moving at Stonyman; the cast of RAAC Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol”; the Freestate Llamas delegation lined up and ready to roll; Smokey and his Shenandoah National Park escort; and last — but certainly not least, since she was Parade Grand Marshall — Steve’s Amazing Grace, the trick-performing mule.

Photos by Joanie Ballard, E. Raymond Boc, Roger L. Foster, Rick Kohler, Philip Krastman, Charmaine Lee and Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

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