Photo by Bruce Doll
Story by Gerald Browning
Lowell came out in full force for the annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Throughout the day, downtown Lowell was full of activity in celebration of Christmas and the beginning of the winter season.
With special events such as the pancake supper, a visit from Santa Claus and the library book sale, Lowell was packed with many different activities. They culminated in the popular parade featuring many local businesses and organizations. One can find many local businesses featuring their crafts and products throughout the month of December.
The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce had volunteers on hand to help hand out bags of candy and goodies for everyone. Sponsored by the Laurels of Kent, Litehouse, Metro Health, Green Acres, Consumer's Energy and others, bags filled with candy were given out to the kids.
"This is so much fun," a volunteer student who was all smiles said while handing out the bags and waving at the children that walked by.
The main attraction in the festivities was the parade that began at 6 pm.
"This is a great place to take the kids out and experience the family oriented fun that we have in Lowell," a busy parent said as she managed to keep an eye on her children and take in the amazing floats after the parade began at 6 pm.
First responders from the Lowell fire and police departments kicked off the parade with their lights, sirens and officers in uniform and smiles. They were followed by The Lowell High School marching band, bringing delightful music and pomp and circumstance.
Even though it was a very chilly Saturday evening, many residents of the Lowell area were in attendance and many were in excited about the parade. They were bundled up in their winter garb and patiently waited for the procession to move by.
One highlight of the parade was a surprise proposal from Donnie Shaffer, a Lowell firefighter, to his longtime girlfriend, Taylor Bierling. She said, "Yes!"
At the end of the parade Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were, as usual, in attendance and were the highlight of the parade. The young residents gasped and were awed by the sight of the couple. The two waved and wished everyone "Merry Christmas" as their sleigh moved by.