4th of July Parade in San José, California on The Alameda. The “Rose” in Rose, White & Blue is a connection to the rose themed events and parades in San José history that included a Carnival of Roses in 1896.
What an interesting year. Because of the pandemic, the annual Christmas in the Park event in San Jose could not occur as usual. Instead, for the first time ever, they decided to make it a drive through event and so moved it over to History Park in San Jose so that cars could wind their way through the event. They added more lights to make it more appealing to what you could see from your car and then put up a temporary radio station to tune into so that you could enjoy the light show as lights throughout the entire event were set and timed to the music.
What did my children think about this temporary modified version of an annual tradition? No rides for them to go on. No ice skating out in the open of downtown. No hot chocolate vendors.
They LOVED it! All of us were amazed. It was soooooo well done!! The music, the lights, the novelty… all of the effort really paid off. It was a wonderful experience. The kids loved it so much they spent the drive home suggesting that this be included as part of the annual Christmas in the Park event. They were that impressed. Well done!
The pictures simply do not capture anything of the magic of being there. Still, here are a couple to help communicate the difference.