Today is Dickens on the Strand in downtown Galveston. Several streets are closed off downtown for a street festival that includes a parade, bed races, crafts and food booths, and other entertainment. First, we were extremely lucky to find a parking place with a meter rather than have to park in a lot.
We walked about 2 blocks to one of the entrances and found out we were right in front of the Tremont House Hotel. We watched a street performer juggling fire before finding a spot to sit on the street to wait for the parade.
As we waited, we were serenaded with Christmas music played by
the Salvation Army band.
It was finally time for the parade to begin!
There were people dressed in Victorian costume.
And our favorite, the bagpipes.
There were even some cute little Alpacas.
It was a fun afternoon of events and people watching! We're looking forward to going back to the Strand to do some more exploring.