steps off in style
Divver fluffs Santa's beard in the Palominas Fire Department
garage as they prepare to participate in Saturday's Palominas
Holiday Parade. (Mark Levy-Herald/Review)
BY DAVID RUPKALVIS
PALOMINAS -- This small community joined in the holiday celebration
with the Palominas Holiday Parade Saturday down Palominas Road.
Hundreds of area residents braved cold, overcast and windy weather to
watch or participate in the parade. Many of the people watched from inside
their parked cars as they tried to stay warm.
Like most area parades, the children lining the street came away with
pocketfuls of candy, but they also were rewarded with entrants throwing
stuffed animals and even money.
Matt and Tiffany Maxey came to the parade to watch for the first time
because their sisters were riding in the event. Six-year-old Matt said he
liked getting a small, stuffed dog the best.
"I also liked the candy," said Matt, who also took great joy
in petting some of the dogs walking in the event.
Tiffany was celebrating her fourth birthday at the parade and she said
her favorite part was "Claire and Anna," her sisters who were
Befitting a parade from a community made up of ranchers and other
people who the lifestyle offered by large parcels of land, the parade was
heavy in horses, both large and small and people walking with their dogs.
The participants stopped frequently to say hello to friends and even
let the children watching the parade pet the dogs and horses.
The Palominas Fire Department led and finished the parade. Right behind
the first fire truck were vehicles from the Arizona Department of Public
Safety and Cochise County Sheriff's Office. County Sheriff Larry Dever
also rode his horse in the parade.
The Palominas School District had its marching band in the parade as
well as a bus full of children throwing candy and quarters to the crowd.
The parade also had a few unique entries, including a carriage pulled
by a donkey and an entry with four people dressed up in Civil War clothes
and a Civil War era cannon.
Santa Claus also made a stop in Palominas to take part in the
festivities, sitting on an entry surrounded by happy children.
Phil Maxey has lived in Palominas for 20 years, but came to watch the
parade with his children for the first time.
"I love it," Maxey said as the final entries went by. "I
love a little neighborhood. I thought it would be six minutes, but it
doubled that. Not bad for a Saturday morning. I just wish it had been a