Every year, Brecksville has two parades-a Memorial Day Parade and a Christmas Parade. The entire community shows up for both parades and each is always a great treat. Our daughter has participated in the Christmas Parade twice, once on a horse for Maplecrest Farm and once walking for Brecksville Stables-both times were very cold, but very fun!
Both parades include kids, adults, and an animal or two or ten... representing all kinds of groups and organizations in the Brecksville community. There are City representatives, floats, scouting troops, the High School Band, baton twirlers, community sports teams, tiny tots in wagons, and of course, historic cars, fire engines, and tractors. It is all a real treat and we look forward to both of them every year. Of course all the kids in the community look forward to the parades as candy is thrown along the way and the kids run out, fully prepared with their bags, to acquire as much as they can.
My wife, Julie, gets excited at the Memorial Day Parade because each year the Chippewa Garden Club gives away free plantings, which she goes home and immediately attends to in order to make sure a beautiful specimen is growing throughout the summer. The Chippewa Garden Club also hosts its annual flower sale to which many flock after the parade and carry away beautiful flower baskets.
The Christmas Parade is always a delight both during and after. Most community residents stay afterwards for the Tree Lighting at Public Square and to indulge in hot cocoa and cookies at the Brecksville United Methodist Church on the Square or the Old Town Hall. There are Christmas carols and beautiful lights all around and the air is just filled with the excitement of the holiday.
There is something about parades-they make you feel good and, if you are over the tender age of 7, allow you to feel that young again!
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