Durham Christmas Parade 2018

A fun day full of holiday spirit at the Durham Christmas Parade 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed, and I was thrilled to participate today in Durham’s Christmas Parade. Even though this was my fourth parade this year, it was my first occasion to see and speak to Santa and to thank him for all he has done to bring joy and happiness to the lives of others. I also provided him with my Wish List for this year, which included the repeal of legislation recently passed by the NC General Assembly. I have let him know that we need to finally expand Medicaid, also, to adequately fund our education system as well as more funds to protect our environment and to pass legislation related to animal welfare. I am thoroughly pleased that Durham has brought back and continued its Holiday parade in recent years I only wish that they had far more liberal policies allowing people like me to pass on candy to the kids.

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The Union Baptist Church Holiday Expo 2018

I’d like to thank my dear friend Eldner Lovette Arrington Degraffenreidt who, once again, did an exceptional job in organizing Union Baptist Church’s Holiday Expo. Each and every year, there are more and more people of all ages who attend this special event which brings together merchants and entrepreneurs from across Durham as well as others who sponsor exhibits for young and old alike to enjoy during the holiday season. I particularly enjoyed a group of young students from Global Scholars Academy, which is operated by Union Baptist Church Durham, who were warmly received by those attending this special event. I was given the honor of announcing a raffle ticket winner as I have during this event on occasions in the past. I hope that Union Baptist will continue to sponsor this event which provides us with an opportunity to support local businesses as well as an opportunity to share the joy of this holiday season.

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Enjoying the Charlotte Thanksgiving Parade with Family

Yesterday morning, I started my day around 5:20 am driving to Charlotte to see my granddaughter Alexis participate with other Girl Scouts from Charlotte in the Thanksgiving Holiday Parade. I arrived in the nick of time, and thanks to the help of my son Floyd, I found a great spot to enjoy the parade. Before it began, a friend and a local police officer noticed me in attendance and asked me to join other elected officials participating in the parade, and, while I was tempted to for a minute, I quickly reminded myself that the purpose for coming to Charlotte was to see my granddaughter in the parade, and not to join the procession. I did see Senator Joyce Waddell, Senator Jeff Jackson, and Rep. Mary Belk greeting those along the parade route, however, I waited patiently to see my granddaughter, Alexis, and it was worth the wait. She was so excited to be in the parade with her mother, my daughter, Alicia, and she seemed even more excited to know that I was in attendance. They had a great parade in Charlotte that really celebrated the excitement and diversity of our state’s largest city. After the parade, I joined my daughter, Alicia, my son, Floyd, and other family for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at my daughter’s home. However, before dinner, Alexis insisted that I join her in playing five games including Uno, Operation, as well as our tradition of enjoying her Barbie dolls and other toys. Of course, along the way, we enjoyed traditional and classic McKissick humor. I was surprised that my kids had a birthday cake for me since my birthday was the day before, and I was actually thinking that it was one of the few years that I didn’t have a cake. Well, they solved that problem. All-in-all, it was a great Thanksgiving Holiday.

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A Fun Day at Barktoberfest 2018 at Durham Central Park

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of pets and their owners who came together for the annual Barktoberfest in Durham’s Central Park. I always love this event since it gives me an opportunity to see children, pets, as well as their owners all dressed up in their Halloween costumes which can be quite original, entertaining, and amusing. I had the pleasure of serving as one of the judges who helped award prizes in one of three categories: best at pet tricks, best pet costume, as well as the owners and pets who, together, had the best Halloween costumes. I could really see how much the children, as well as adults, enjoyed this event. There are so many participants with original costumes that the judging can be quite difficult, however, everyone seemed to have fun even if they didn’t walk away as a winner.
I’d like to thank a group known as Beyond Fences which has served as a lead sponsor for this event, as well as the City of Durham and Durham’s Parks and Recreation Department. If you missed the event this year, please mark your calendar for next year, and start planning your costumes today.

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