This is Part 2 of a morning spent in Wyandotte boppin’ along the riverfront. First, there was an hour jaunt on the boardwalk at Bishop Park where I was taking photos of that gull that insisted on posing for me, even sans snacks. You can click here if you missed last Monday’s post.
Then I was off to BASF Park which is a mile away. Sandwiched in between these two riverfront parks, you must pass through Downtown Wyandotte’s business section along busy Biddle Avenue.
My sole purpose for visiting Wyandotte was to take photos of their Christmas decorations, because the shops, as well as Biddle Avenue, are always decorated well in advance of the annual Wyandotte Christmas Parade.
Wyandotte has held a Christmas parade for eons – in fact, the 2020 version would have been the 77th annual Wyandotte Christmas Parade. Tradition has that parade going along Biddle Avenue on the last Saturday before the Thanksgiving holiday. Wyandotte is a fun town with lots of small shops, eateries and in close proximity to two waterfront parks. I’ve been to their Christmas Parade many decades ago and mingled with a crowd of thousands which lined the street awaiting Santa’s arrival.
I follow the local news on Facebook and was surprised to see the Wyandotte Christmas Parade was still on schedule, so I decided I’d get some photos for a holiday blog post. However, a few days before that planned excursion, the News Herald announced that the parade and tree-lighting ceremony were scratched due to COVID concerns.
I decided to go to Wyandotte anyway, as surely the shopkeepers and City had instilled a little Christmas spirit down the main avenue. So off I went. My hunch was 100% wrong. I guess everyone was feeling like Scrooge due to the pandemic.
There was plenty to see anyway on that morning meander.
The “Winter in Wyandotte” sign, prominently displayed at Maple and Biddle, reminded me that yes, Winter was on the way, though you wouldn’t know it from the still-blooming white chrysanthemums in a planter near the base of the sign.
While walking that mile-long route from Bishop Park to BASF Park, I saw this evergreen, with pine cones dripping down. Inhaling deeply, I was reminded that this fragrant tree instantly made me think of Christmas.
Soon I was at my destination where I spent the next 90 minutes enjoying a gorgeous Southeast Michigan Fall day. Some trees still had not dropped their leaves and were ablaze in color.
As I strolled along the Detroit River, there were the usual seagull shenanigans and drama (stay tuned) …
P.S. – I was able to get a few shots of Christmas decorations in the Park’s memorial garden when I came upon lots of bulbs and baubles on two identical memorial trees, but that was it.