Contributing Writer: Jose Lopez | Images: CCN —
The streets of Manassas were crowded with joyful people on December 5th for the Christmas Parade. Before the parade, participants surrounded their floats and checked every last detail before the parade started. They had worked very hard in preparation for this day and they were all very excited. This year’s theme was, “Lights…Camera… Christmas!”
The judges waited in front of the Harris Pavilion. They were excited to see everyone come down the road in Old Town. Councilman Ken Elston and Molly Elston had the honors to announce at the parade this year. They entertained the crowd with funny puns and jokes during the parade.
The parade began with an opening banner lead by the City of Manassas Police Department. The police department and other volunteers put in a lot of effort so that the parade went well. Thanks to them, everything went smoothly and safely.
Some of the special guest included: Ed Asner, 7 time Emmy Award winner and a member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame. Ed Asner played Mr. Fredricksen in the 2009 Pixar movie “Up”. He also played Santa Clause in the movie “Elf”. Right after the movie star came the city stars of Manassas — Woman of the Year: Charlyn Hasson-Brown and Man of the Year: George Snyder. Both of which are very important to our community.
Although the real Santa Clause did not come until last, there were plenty of entertaining groups that made the time fly by. There were many dance groups, marching bands, schools, companies/ organizations and many other groups within Manassas that presented themselves to the judges and thrilled the crowds. The time ended quickly when Santa was seen with Mrs. Claus riding down the street waving to the crowds and thanking everyone for coming to this year’s parade.
The parade was a definite success and a great way to start your December. The day of celebration set the tone for the holidays for many people and gave hope for a wonderful Christmas or holiday.
CCN member, Emily Renner said, “The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade was a wonderful experience. I got to walk and sit on the OHS Interact Club’s float with my fellow Interactors. We distributed candy to children and chanted ‘Merry Christmas’ to the crowd. Everyone was happy and in the holiday spirit.”
Click to see Christmas Parade float winners — including Bull Run Rotary’s Interact for first place in Sponsor/Commercial Float!