Signs of the Season

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Mike InouyeIn cities around the country, we see footage of snow-covered roofs, people bundled up with hats and mufflers, leafless trees and kids sledding down the hillside. To most, these images say “winter” and “holiday season.”

Here in the Bay Area, though, signs of the season are a little different. They’re there if you look, just… different.

Local coffee houses stop pushing their Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and start pushing their Gingerbread Lattes and Peppermint Mochas.

Shoppers in short sleeves and flip-flops are intently browsing the scarves and overcoats.

We also know the holidays are coming because of two San Jose traditions, Christmas in the Park and the San Jose Holiday Parade. The entire morning team was honored to be part of it again this year, the 25th anniversary!
The parade started from the icy HP Pavilion. (Well, the ice was inside and the palm trees were outside where we were parked.)

The day was great, we all had a blast, Curious George looked appropriately curious with one leg flat and by the end of the morning Casper was even floating a little lower.

Many wonderful groups of performers participated in the parade. One we passed consisted of a number of young ladies in stretchy Christmas Tree outfits.

Purple Christmas Tree Gal?

That sorta says the Bay Area Holidays but nothing… NOTHING says “Holiday Parade” like a cowboy clown coming at you waving knives.

I leave you with that.

Happy Holiday Season!

Mike Inouye
NBC11 Traffic Anchor

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