The holiday season kicked off in a big way in Alexandria this past week, and the intermittent rain showers didn’t dampen spirits as residents, city leaders and visitors alike weathered the elements to take part in the annual Scottish Walk Christmas Parade in Old Town. Photos by Louise Krafft.
The piper with the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia.
The Wallace Clan gathers at the entrance of the Wilkes Street tunnel.
The girls in George Mason Elementary School Daisy Troop 60098 prepare to walk together for the first time in the Scottish Christmas Walk parade.
Andrew Cohoon of the Colquhoun Clan.
Therapy dog Mella (Barksdale Bluish collie) walks with the Mason-Dixon Collie Club.
Drum Major Tom King of the Shamrock & Thistle Pipes & Drums from Toms River, NJ.
Wilder Leavitt and Mary Morningstar’s 4 ½ year old Airedale terrier, Juno.
Muskets of the Crown 84th and the 42nd Regiment of Foot.
Drum Major of the City of Alexandria Pipes & Drums Konstantine Gojnycz.
Sue Goodhart and the Goodhart Group/Compass parade under a flotilla of balloons.
Joe Collum and Walter Clarke of Burke & Herbert Bank.
Dancers from the Granfling School in Alexandria.
George Washington Birthday Parade organizer Joe Shumard lends his parade expertise to the Scottish Christmas Walk announcing it is 8 minutes till the start of the parade.
Basilica School of St. Mary Girl Scout Daisy Troop 60082 prepare to carry the sponsor banner in the parade.
Campagna Center CEO Dr. Tammy Mann.
Pipe Corporal Tracy Jenkins of the Washington Scottish Pipe Band. (Photo Credit: Louise Krafft)
A classic Bugatti takes a spin down the parade route.
The Hay Clan arrives sporting banners, swords and good cheer.
Heidi Schneble representing the Daughters of the British Empire’s Pimms & Poppies Chapter.
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