The Ashland Beacon
As a child, there is something so whimsical about attending a hometown Christmas parade. As you see local families line the streets, some standing while others bring their own folding chairs, they’re all bundled up with their winter jackets, scarves and mittens as they breathe in the cold November air. The Christmas lights and window displays are admired by the onlookers, as they anticipate the upcoming line-up.
Creating a Christmas parade float with a local church or business can be so much fun. The local children love being a part of the process - especially if they get to ride on the float in the parade, watching the onlookers. There is something so magical about riding in a parade in the crisp winter air, singing Christmas carols, while bundled up tightly and waving to the people as they watch you pass by on the float.
Brent Webster, Westwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief, got the notion to put together a Christmas parade for his own Westwood community. He floated the idea around on the Westwood community page via Facebook and many people were very receptive to the idea.
Webster thought this was something the whole community could come together and enjoy, spreading good cheer. After many people showed their interest in taking part in the parade, Webster concluded they could make it happen. “I think we have enough interest in the Christmas parade to make it a go,” said Webster.
Apparently, many years ago...Westwood had its own Christmas parade. “I remember watching the Westwood Christmas parade growing up. We always went up to Pritchard’s TV and watched it,” said Shannon Gehringer. “I remember the Westwood parade as a kid,” stated Michelle Gambill Isgrigg.
“I remember the Christmas parade growing up in Westwood. I’d love to come back and see it with my granddaughters,” said Lori Vanhoose. Cara Conley mentioned, “My Papaw used to drive his car in the parade.”
On Sunday, December 12, anyone that would like to participate can meet on Lee Street and New Buckley roads in Westwood at 2 p.m. for the lineup. The firemen will help everyone get lined up. “We will go out Main Street to Bellefonte Road. The official parade will start at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. Surrounding fire departments, churches and businesses,” said Webster.
After the parade the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department has a treat in store. “Afterwards whoever wishes to return to the fire department, can have a hot chocolate and talk to Santa,” said Webster. A parade, hot cocoa afterwards and a visit with Santa. It sounds like the people of Westwood have a lovely upcoming holiday event planned.
As a disclaimer, please do not bring any election signs or advertisements to be displayed in the parade. Webster wants the parade to focus solely on the reason for the season and the children. “This is about our community,” said Webster.
If anyone would like to help with the parade, contact Brent Webster 606.232.1566 or his wife Brandi Webster 606.585.4664.