Christmas has gone to the dogs. And the dogs have gone strolling down the “catwalk.” Over 75 costumed canines took their turn on the red carpet Tuesday evening, during the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade. The official judges, Wanda Day, Nellie Adams, and Neil Snyder, sat with notepads and wine glasses at hand, as emcee Stan Niemczyk called out the entrants and event organizer Wayne Purvis plus hundreds of spectators gathered round.
Santa has a new ride. Unlike years past, when he has dropped from the sky via helicopter for his annual visit to the Shops of Marco, he showed up Friday evening in a shiny red sleigh that was actually the Tower 50 extension ladder truck of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department. He was accompanied by Mrs. Claus, long-suffering as always behind every successful global entrepreneur is a partner, smiling, waving and baking cookies elves, and his own security detail, headed up by Carmen Dasti.
Marco Island made it official Saturday evening. A crowd filled Veterans’ Community Park on a beautiful night, chowing down with friends and families at some football-style tailgate parties, took in some homegrown entertainment at the Christmas Island Style Tree Lighting Ceremony and then counted down as the switch was flipped on the tree.
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