On one of those cold, windy, October-but-feels-like-November days of a few weeks ago, we planned to mark the change of seasons by adding a few pink azaleas to the dirt patch in front of our house. Considering the ground is already half-frozen where I grew up, this felt like a very Georgia thing to do.
But I was swiftly out-Georgia-ed (and out-pinked) by an offhand comment, the kind that only makes sense in Atlanta. In line with my shrubs, a burst of wind and raindrops led the woman ahead of me to say, “Can you believe it’s almost time to ride the Pink Pig?”
I’m still not sure I understand it — pig trains and Christmas and Rich’s/Macy’s and Atlanta mix together…how? — bu the words “pink pig” mean more here than a meal at Abattoir or a reading of “Charlotte’s Web.”
And indeed, it’s almost here. Photographer Phil Skinner shot photos of the traditional Pink Pig holiday ride while it was going up at Macy’s at Lenox Square yesterday.
Want to go? The Pink Pig at Macy’s-Lenox Square. Nov. 7-Jan. 3. $3. Macy’s Lenox Square, 3399 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. www.macys.com/campaign/pinkpig/home.jsp