This past winter, for the infamous farm implement parade here in Sunnyside, we decided to build our very own Community Dental float and see how well we would do in the judges eyes. Above is a picture taken from the front page of the newspaper...and guess whose float made the cover? Yours truly!! In fact, we won first prize in the Kids' division parade floats. Not too shabby for first time float builders, eh?
The theme of our parade float had to obviously center around dental stuff! So of course we thought of the one and only Christmas song that talks about teeth...the familiar catchy tune of "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth"!!! We had a few versions of the song playing loudly for the crowd to hear, while several life sized cut-outs of Chomp were displayed with flashing lights--AND missing their two front teeth, of course.
Then we just HAD to have Santa in there somewhere, 'cause no one can resist seeing that jolly ol' fellow around waving and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! (Spoiler alert: Santa was played by none other than our very own Dr. Gary Martin!!!) And of course, Santa had to be accompanied by our amazing Community Dental mascot, Chomp! They both happily waved to the crowd from the highest platform on our float.
Here they are (above) doing the "Gator Chomp" --ingeniously invented by the University of Florida Gators sports teams. (BTW, a couple of our dentists graduated from the University of Florida Dental School.)
Then on the back of our float we had two adorable kids (children of some of our staff) represent our "Two front teeth" concept. Except our doctors have corrected us by explaining that they are actually "molar" teeth. But whatever, who's going to recognize a huge pair of front teeth dancing up there? Molar teeth seem to make for better costumes, don't ya think? They did a great job though. People in the crowd loved our little "teeth" kids dancing around and waving to them.
Above: Here she is in all her glory! The daylight doesn't give it any justice! But we had plenty of room for our staff and their kids to sit and wave to the crowd. And when it was dark and all the lights were on, it was really something else!
Our parade float sure did end up taking a lot of time and hard work. But it was well worth it in the end. It was so fun to have the staff and their kids join us for this fun occasion. We hope to carry on this tradition year after year. Thanks to everyone who put in the hard work and effort to make this experience so enjoyable!