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The Snowy Day makes a big hit at the Christmas Parade

My cheeks are hurting from all the smiling and waving. A great parade! Thanks, Maya, for being such an awesome force in Richmond, VA!

 

 

Maya overseeing her punch list and elves

Maya overseeing her punch list and elves

 

 

It takes a lot of elves (armed with staple guns and power tools) to make a float...

It takes a lot of elves (armed with staple guns and power tools) to make a float…

One of my most treasured memories with the truly beautiful woman, Maya Smart

One of my most treasured memories with the truly beautiful woman, Maya Smart

 

The float from the front

The float from the front

....and the rear!

….and the rear!

Maya getting a bear hug and preparing to give out Peter lush toys and copies of The Snowy Day to parade watchers

Maya getting a bear hug and preparing to give out Peter plush toys and copies of The Snowy Day to parade watchers

 

The lovely young women who carried our banner in the rain!

The lovely young women who carried our banner in the rain.

white jacket and red scarf supplied by the Christmas mother. (All jackets will be donated.)

White jacket, red hoodies, scarves and gloves supplied by the Christmas Mother. (All items will be donated.)

 

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Richmond’s ever-expanding diversity was on display!

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I don’t have a shot of it, but I swear there was a dancing fruitcake float. Seriously…

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The Segway riders felt the need to be understated this year.

The Segway riders felt the need to be understated this year.

Yes,horses in Santa hats

Yes,horses in Santa hats

Freeman HS band

Freeman HS band

The Peppas!  (VCU Pep band, all amped up for the VCU/UVA game at 2 PM. They were singing Ram songs while talking this photo...

The Peppas! VCU Pep band, all amped up for the VCU/UVA game at 2 PM. They were singing Ram songs while talking this photo…Go RAMS!

I Love a (Bookish) Christmas Parade

I’ll admit that I haven’t gone to Dominion’s Christmas Parade since my kids were very little.

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Photo courtesy of The Richmond Times Dispatch

But this year, my friend Maya – part of the beloved Maya and Shaka Smart duo – was named the Richmond Christmas Mother, the youngest one in the program’s 80-year history. In one fell swoop, the annual donation drive that once felt like a throwback to another generation suddenly felt contemporary, electric and fun. (To donate click here.)

One part of Maya’s motherly duties is to march in the annual Christmas parade to be held tomorrow, Dec 6. And guess who’s coming along?

2011_keats_snow_heroTrue to her passions, she has chosen a theme built on Ezra Jack Keats’  The Snowy Day, the ground-breaking 1962 classic. It’s a universal story about the joy of being little and walking through a city winter wonderland. But in a year when there has been so much conversation about books that speak to all children’s experiences (and why all kids need all stories,) the choice is perfect. I’m proud to say that Maya asked me to join in the parade as a past winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award, which celebrates new authors and illustrators whose books feature diverse children as the main character. You can take a look at the list of all EJK award winners if you’re looking for meaningful stocking stuffers this year.

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 8.50.02 AMSo look for us tomorrow – rain or shine. We’ll be the super-enthusiastic book lovers dressed in our own version of red snowsuits. We’ll be waving at you from in front of the trolley which Maya has decked out in coffee filter snowflakes and filled with all her hopes for kids who can find their curiosity, their path, and their story in the pages of a book. (Full parade info/route here.)

Happy holidays, all!

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