Kicking off the holidays
Lillian Settles, Reporter
RHS students filled the streets for the Wyandotte annual Christmas parade, this past Saturday.
Though the weather was not ideal, citizens of not only Wyandotte, but all of Downriver, set up their chairs, umbrellas, and blankets to enjoy the festivities.
“People go to the parade in the rain because it starts off the holiday season and brings Christmas joy,” sophomore Bailey Stewart said.
After the police officers started moving and the rain subsided, Stewart, along with many other cheerleaders took to the street. They showed off their Bear pride with some classic cheers, and created a great atmosphere for the rest of the parade.
Many of these girls have been in the parade for at least five years so it is an important part of their holiday traditions.
“The parade is important, because it has been a tradition for many years and it brings joy to many kids and families all over downriver,” Stewart said.
Following the cheerleaders were the city reps, and then The PRCUA Rogalin Dance Troupe, including RHS senior Natalie Walsh, and junior Benjamin Czarnota. This is Czarnota’s 11th year in the parade and he takes great pride in being apart of it
“It means a lot to me because I live in Wyandotte and I love it, and I know a lot of people that see me dancing, and it makes me feel proud of my heritage,” Czarnota said.
Walsh did not dance with the rest of her troupe, she rode in a car as the only 2018 graduate of the group. Taylor West Middle School marching band trailed behind the troupe, then the “elves” arrived to drop of the “mailbox to Santa” at city hall.
Multiple boy scout troops were also in attendance, including troop 1795 out of Southgate. Of the members is sophomore Nicklas Slone. Slone has been walking in the parade for 3 years with his troop, and enjoys the happy crowd.
“My favorite part of the parade is probably seeing all the little kids, and getting to listen to the music,” Slone said.
Many other downriver businesses and organizations also held a spot in the line up. Including Downriver Gymnastics, the Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant organization, the cast of Annie the musical, and The Right to Life organization.
Roosevelt’s own Marching Chiefs had the honor of leading in the grand finale. The color guard led the band as they played the Christmas classic “Dashing Down Main Street”. Band Sweetheart and King Cutie were in a convertible following behind them.
To cap off the parade Santa and Mrs.Claus rode their sleigh carried by nine reindeer led by, of course, Rudolph. This scene is a Wyandotte tradition and many of the children's favorite part of the entire parade.
“We are playing our song and I look over and see the littles kids dancing and smiling and waiting for santa,” sophomore Brianna Johns said.
With RHS students sprinkled throughout, the Wyandotte Christmas parade proved once again the spirit and joy of Christmas is too strong to be beat.