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Christmas Parade: Leipersfork, TN

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

When I was a kid growing up in Iowa I had never heard of a Christmas Parade. I could not imagine wanting to go out in the cold winter air, stand around for hours to see a parade. Living in Southern California for many years introduced the concept to me and it made sense where winter is like a warm fall day. Now that we are in Tennessee it is a bit of a combination of weather. The winter temperatures in December can be down right cold or more like spring.

Katrina and one of our miniature donkeys getting ready for the parade.

Katrina and one of our miniature donkeys getting ready for the parade.

This past weekend the small community of Leipers Fork Tennessee held its Christmas parade and it is unlike any other I have ever been to. We have participated in many such parades with our miniature donkeys but never had more fun than at this one. There was certainly a strong Christmas spirit but also a strong sense of fun and celebration of the Tennessee way of life.

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015. This "Class of 56" bus got the full restomod touch being converted into a beautiful motor home.

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015. This “Class of 57” bus got the full restomod touch being converted into a beautiful motor home. The exterior finish on this rig equaled anything you will find on a show car!

I have include some of my favorite cars from the parade even though there were beautiful animals, horse drawn buggies and more!

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When this truck went by I had to do a double take at the ugly guy ridding shot gun!

 

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015; this group of clowns from the back woods was having a great time with the locals. They were drinking a clear liquid from Mason Jars. They seemed real thirsty.

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015; this group of clowns from the back woods was having a great time with the locals. They were drinking a clear liquid from Mason Jars. They seemed real thirsty.

If you wonder what these same fellows are up to in the summer check out this hysterical video of their antics at the Franklin half marathon.

 

 

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

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Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015; I am sure that this driver is drinking cold water out of his “little brown jug”!

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015. Wood cabins on the back of pick-us seems to be the new trend in Rat Rods!

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015. It has been the custom for parade participants from all over to throw candy to children along the route. This happens as well at Leipers Fork but may participants went a step above. These fellows in the hot rod were throwing stuffed animals to the children! Another float had extremely large stuffed animals decorating their float and handed them out to selected children along the route. There were lots of smiling children in Leipers Fork!

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015

Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 2015. Some might call this a Rat Rod but it was way to well built and is a terrific Hot Rod. Just in case you can’t tell, that is a chopped, sliced and diced Jeep body.

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About the Author: I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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