Saturday, November 16th was another proud day for the Dover Uke Heads. We won First place, again, for Best Non-Commercial Float in the Port Dover Board of Trade’s Santa Claus Parade. Every single DUH who showed up should be really proud of themselves and each other for all of the hard work involved to put the float together and decorate it. In addition to which, everyone on the float enjoyed themselves and was enthusiastic while playing our two songs, Jingle Bells and Rudolph. Over and over again.
We had a good spot in the line-up too, because Judy’s son was the Parade Marshall this year, and he made sure we weren’t right behind that really noisy marching band, the United Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.
Our float this year had some new additions: a green foliage deer on the tail of the float, surrounded by presents on a bed of white pine boughs. Also, green and red balloons were added, and Judy brought something else we won’t tell you about. Almost everyone wore red, except Peter: he wore his authentic Newfoundland cap, his Hudson’s Bay coat, his bugle kazoo, and carried his vintage Martin uke. His “oldest ukulele friend” showed up from Hamilton, Bryan Ames. Rick Eller was in good spirits as well, although he had NO IDEA that we were all coming to his surprise birthday party later on that evening!
Mayor Dennis Travale presented us with our certificate for placing this year, and I have to say that I think this was the biggest turn-out for the parade in Port Dover that I have seen yet. Each year the crowd seems to get a little bit bigger and the number of floats in the parade seems to be increasing. And that is a good thing, for Port Dover and for Norfolk County!
So a big THANK YOU to Jan Overend and her staff at the Port Dover Board of Trade, for another successful Santa Claus parade!