Starting Off the Holiday Season Right!


Ava Sudano

In an effort to start off the holiday season, the annual “Home for the Holidays Parade” hit the streets of Westwood on Saturday, December 3rd. The spectacular parade filled the streets with music, lights, smiles, and the magic of the holiday season with an appearance from the big man himself, Santa Claus. 

People from all over the area crowded the streets in excitement as they watched the parade stride through the streets with a variety of talents. This year’s theme was “Music Through the Ages” in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Westwood Bandstand! Therefore, there was a plethora of old and new music played throughout the parade.

The event, which is typically about an hour long, included appearances from Westwood athletics, scout groups, neighboring dance companies, the Westwood Band, holiday floats, emergency vehicles, and the one and only Emerson Junior-Senior High School Marching Band.

Sam Robinson, EHS’s Drum Major, exclaimed, “The parade was an amazing way to get together and spread some holiday joy after the last few holidays have been impacted by Covid”. 

As someone who attended the parade, it was great to see the marching band representing our school in such a memorable and courteous way. 

Following the event, there was a Conrad’s Confectionery truck available for a sweet treat, as well as many holiday characters who stuck around for photos. 

The Home for the Holidays parade was a joyful way to start off the holiday season which is one of the most wonderful times of the year! It was great to see everyone from the neighboring communities come together and celebrate one another. Thus, that weekend was just a taste of the cheerful, merry and bright season that is among us!