Parade coordinator Barb Firth would like to see people celebrating on Saturday, Nov.23, during the annual Christmas parade.
Barb Firth, parade coordinator for 13 years, says she wants to see lots of smiling faces and people having fun during the Christmas parade on Saturday, Nov. 23.
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The event, which starts at 6 p.m., does not have a theme this year. There’s a story behind that.
Some people viewed Firth’s original theme - A Redneck Christmas - as an insult.
That’s not what Firth intended.
“When I came up with the theme it was to have some fun. It was not meant to be offensive,” she said.
That’s why she changed the theme to “no theme.”
She encourages anyone who has already started decorating with the redneck theme to continue. Anything goes this year.
“I think it will be great to see a lot of imagination,” she said.
One point she wants to emphasize however is that people need to “step back and shake off the negativity when it comes to titles and names and just have a little bit of fun.”
“In the end, we’re all the same. We’re all just human beings,” she said.
Even though Yarmouth has seen more than its share of negativity over the past three years, Firth believes the tide is turning and it’s time to celebrate what we have.
“I want to see people come up with any idea they possibly can and watch them interacting with the crowd.
“I want to see a lot of smiling faces and people having fun, because really that’s what it’s about. It’s Christmas. I know it will be a success because all of the people that enter the parade make it a success. And I’d also like to see some nice weather,” she added.
Firth says she’s grateful to Mayor Pam Mood for the town’s sponsorship of the Santa float this year.
“She was instrumental in that,’ said Firth.
For the past two years Canadian Tire has been responsible for the Santa entry. Prior to that, Santa was featured on a fire truck.
Parade entries should begin lining up on Argyle Street by 4 p.m. The parade ends at Herbert Street by Coronation Park (formerly known as the Milton Ballfield).
There is no charge for parade entry forms, which can be picked up at town hall. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parade number at 902-742-3998.