Celebrating the holiday season

REED CITY – Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow watched as parade floats, dogs, horses and reindeer made their way down Upton Avenue during the Evergreen Festival Parade, but they were most excited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, snug in their sleigh.

Families filled the sidewalks and streets during the Reed City Evergreen Festival parade, which was held on Saturday in Reed City.

Many area businesses and organizations participated, following this year’s theme, “Christmas Toys Bring Christmas Joys.” Representatives from West Michigan Credit Union and Lake Osceola State Bank wore wrapped boxes, Shakers Party Store and Deli decorated its vehicle with a Christmas tree, wreath, stockings and presents, the Riley MacKenzie Fund walked dogs dressed in Christmas sweaters, dresses and coats, and the Reed City High School Marching Band played Christmas tunes as they lead the parade.

Terri and Roger Pontz, of Reed City, brought their grandson, Jaxson Marshall Gabriel, to the parade.

“He loved it," Terri said. "His eyes just lit up. This is the first time he remembers (the parade). If he did it last year, he doesn’t remember. Everything is so brand new for him.”

Carey Adrianse brought her two children to the annual parade, an event she remembers going to as a child.

“I came when I was a little girl,” Adrianse said. “It’s always part of holiday tradition.”

After the parade, many families headed to the Reed City Depot, where children decorated gingerbread cookies, had their picture taken with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves and visited with reindeer.