This is Dickens on the Strand weekend in Galveston (December 3-4, 2011). It is a time when the locals get to pretend to be English. Go figure! They fought the English in the 1770's for independence and now they like to dress up and try to talk like them. It was far from English Christmas weather. Today was a lovely 73 degrees F (23 degrees C.) but that did make it all the nicer to stand and watch the Queen's Parade.
In the storm surge of Hurricane Ike the sea water was above the first floor level. Where the Queen's Parade was held on The Strand nothing survived on the first floor of every building. It was heartbreaking to see the debris on the streets when we visited Galveston in the weeks after the hurricane. Houstonians were encouraged to go to Galveston to spend money and help with the economy, we did our best. Galveston is coming back, slowly, but Texans (like those of SW Louisiana, eh Dawn) are a strong folk and get stuck into doing for themselves and not relying on government aid.