This weekend the small town of Dillsboro in western NC was finally back to holding their annual Easter parade on the day before Easter. We were there in 2018, our first drive event with the Appalachian Mountain MINI club, and I posted about it then. See the cars and the parade from that year here – Dillsboro Parade. So, the following year, I knew we needed to make a good effort, so I made my Easter Bonnet to wear. You can see the construction of it on my Easter Bonnet post. Unfortunately, the parade was rained out in 2019, and canceled in 2020. So, it has been three years, and we are excited to finally get to be a part of this fun club event again.
The merchants in the tiny three block downtown area go all out with decorations.
Rabbits and eggs, along with lots of flowers were in planters and on the sidewalk.
We met up in a parking lot just across the train tracks from the parade route.
Car decorations were put on after we had lunch. Unfortunately, our lunch went long due to really slow service, so we had to hustle to get the cars decorated and lined up.
Next time we are bringing a picnic. But everyone was ready when the time came. Just barely.
There was a line of antique cars in the parade ahead of us.
Then it was our turn, we slowly drove the scant three blocks, waving to the people on the sidewalks. They were waving back, too, so fun!! I jumped out at the end of the block to take some photos.
We had nine cars in the parade. Aren’t these pink ears and nose cute? This one also had pinwheels on the mirrors.
I loved this one, a blow up dragon in an Easter egg. Behind it, the blue MINI was decked out in sparkly rabbits.
Another MINI with ears and a pink nose, with eggs hanging from the mirror.
Back at the parking area, we formed up again to remove the decorations. I knew you’d want to see me in my hat, so here I am.
Then we set off on a short drive. We were leading the way, so the only shots I have of the cars on the road is in the mirror. Lovely mountains frame our route.
We drove on River Road, alongside the Tuckasegee River. The name is a Cherokee word meaning turtle, as the river flows slowly. This little section had small falls over tiered rocks. Very pretty.
The river was high, due to recent rains. It is a big fishing river for small mouth bass and trout.
We had the top down, so at a stop sign I could turn around and get one shot of the group.
We ended at a neat ice cream shop called Jack the Dipper, which boasts fresh made waffle cones and Hershey’s ice cream. It has a heavenly aroma in the shop! I got Cappuccino Crunch, with a chocolate swirl and toffee chips. My Sweet Babboo had Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle.
So, a few glitches on the day, but overall a fun time. Our car clubs are finally coming out for fun, and we have a drive every Saturday in April. I hope you are having some fun safely this weekend. Happy Easter! I’ll be slow cooking a ham today, and relaxing, chatting with readers and friends online.
What are your plans for today?