holiday lights parade

Deck the Halls and Light Up the Bands

The Gahanna Holiday Lights Parade Is Tops

The Gahanna Lights Parade is back by popular demand after a year’s hiatus. The parade route was packed with excited people of all ages and eager faces were brightly lit by the passing holiday lights. Every participant in the parade—band member, horse, dog, float, or fire truck—was was illuminated by Christmas lights of all colors.

Becky Stinchcomb, Gahanna’s mayor, said it was one of her hardest decisions last year to cancel the favored parade. “However, it was difficult to justify with so many other pressing needs in this tight economy,” she added. Many of Gahanna’s businesses donated time, effort, and funding to rescue the event. The people of Gahanna send a big thank you to the mayor and city council for bringing it back. It all came together under the able direction of Bev Metcalf, of Metcalf Printing, who chaired the event.

The holidays are now officially upon us. The king of all parades, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, began the season with the elaborate introduction of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at the end of its traditional procession. I have been receiving gift catalogs in the mail for nearly a month; holiday music is playing across the universe; official city, state, and national trees are lit with all the proper ceremonies; and it is time to drag out all the decorations.

Ready or not the holidays are here. Don you favorite gaudy holiday sweater, spike the eggnog, and wrap all the packages. It won’t be long until St. Nick makes his famous ride.

NOTE:  Included in the photos below are pictures of Brutus Buckeye and Mayor Stinchcomb with John Dobbie.