Holly Days parade was chilly fun!
The Holly Days parade on Tuesday, December 10 was a great success! St. Martin rolled jolly St. Nicholas out on a float to greet the people of Keller in the city’s Town Center. It was a crisp winter evening, with temperatures hovering around freezing.
Members met at the parade marshaling area at dusk as excitement built. Most folks were able to fit red St. Martin’s t-shirts over warmer layers. When the parade got organized, our float ended up at the beginning of the parade, directly behind a city fire engine and emergency vehicle. We certainly got everyone’s attention!
St. Nicholas rode at the front of our trailer, waving to the crowd. Kids and some adults rode the float, cheerily waving and wishing everyone, “Merry Christmas.” Many St. Martin’s adults walked beside the float and handed out candy to the crowd. The gold candy coins, a St. Nicholas tradition, were quite a hit.
Many thanks to the Rev. Amy Haynie for spearheading this evangelism event, for keeping our church’s participation on track as sleet and ice forced the city to reschedule the parade, and for organizing float decorations. Thanks to Becky Snell for offering her trailer, decorating, and pulling it. It was nice to take our faith out for a night on the town!
See all the parade photos on Flickr, and download high-resolution images there!