Everybody loves a parade (and tree lighting)
Despite some chilly temperatures and a continuous mist, the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association's annual parade, followed by the lighting of the city's Christmas tree, came off without a hitch Saturday evening. The event appeared to be a welcome gathering after COVID-19 canceled last year's activities.
The parade, which included members of the Cub Scouts, the Sherwood Fireballs fastpitch softball team, the Sherwood High School marching band and others (Santa and his elves were the last float in the parade), made its way from a staging area near along Southwest 12th Street to Old Town Sherwood. At Cannery Square Park, residents were greeted by singers from a variety of local choirs, along with free hot dogs, cookies and drinks. On the other side of the Santa met children in a covered tent, extending contactless greetings.
Then, when the choirs were done singing, Mayor Keith Mays counted down before throwing the switch on the white-bulbed Christmas tree, illuminating Cannery Square Plaza.
-- Ray Pitz
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