(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
It’s not loud – and no explosives are involved – but the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s New Year’s Eve “Sage Comet” always puts the fireworks to shame. That’s Chris Huson spinning the briefly blazing display tonight outside HPIC, following the fourth annual “Not-So-Silent Night Parade“:
Highland Park’s big party is actually still under way right now – since midnight hasn’t arrived yet – with a special edition of HPIC’s “Corner Bar,” which usually happens the first Friday of the month – and you’re welcome to go join the fun at 12th/Holden:
Meantime, more of WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams‘ photos from the parade and show that started the night are ahead:
Monica Cavagnaro led the parade in style:
It is a spirited, cheery march through Highland Park neighborhoods, with drumming and music and more.
Participants are always invited to bring whatever they want to say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one:
All ages are always welcome:
Families join in – here’s 3-year-old Jo Russo looking up at mom Celia:
8-year-old Owen Murray drummed along the way:
It’s also a chance to get one last look at the lights of the season:
We showed you Monica leading the parade – check out the other side of her outfit!
Once the paraders returned to HPIC, that’s when the “Sage Comet” was swung around its lot … that’s Billy Stauffer at left with Chris (who was in this story’s top photo)
…then inside for beverages warm and cold, to await 2013’s arrival:
P.S. We also have a reader-shared photo – Eileen Dey‘s photo of boyfriend Richard Schilling drumming in the parade:
Eileen explains that’s a “little Irish drum.”