Despite an updated stay-at-home order given over a week ago by Public Health officials, the Maxwell Park and Recreation District decided their beloved annual Christmas parade and event must go on.
District officials kept their annual Christmas spirit alive, largely because outdoor activities were deemed important to protect the public’s mental health.
“I am so glad Maxwell didn’t cancel this event,” said Colusa resident, Tiessa Santana. “We need events such as these to fill the void we have suffered for the past eight months.”
Parade participants did not disappoint those who attended, as people stretched along Oak Street in face coverings and scarfs, trying to keep physical distances from people outside their household.
The highlight of the evening, the Lighted Tractor Parade, was yet again, one for the books. Stardust Dance members, including 2019 Mini Miss Caeden Agnew, started the traditional route through downtown Maxwell, followed by 10 more entries.
The Hold My Beer Flying Club presented parade goers with Santa in a colorful crop duster. Depue Warehouse gave their creativity a go with the movie “Elf” as their theme.
Wade Mathis once again brought the chill of the North Pole with his Polar Express snow blowing train, and LCD Dennis engaged the crowd with their army tank and side car chasing the one and only Grinch.
But a Peanuts-themed bankout, driven by Jason Bowen, grabbed the bragging rights as this year’s Best Float.
“The parade was amazing,” said Jake Bell.
Hot food vendors like Mimi’s Taco Truck and fresh Kettle Corn filled the air with a familiar scent, while several craft booths adorned the downtown for patrons to stroll, conversate, and restore a sense of normalcy to their lives.
The town tree was presented following the parade as enthusiasts visited the craft booths or bought raffle tickets.
The Maxwell Park and Recreation District Auxiliary offered various raffle prizes, including gift cards, restaurant certificates, kids toys, a cheese basket, tool kits, among others.
“The businesses in Colusa and Glenn Counties were very generous to donate to our raffle, even during a stressful year financially,” stated Auxiliary Chair, Susan Meeker. “We could not afford programs and events for our youth and adults without their support.”
With other Colusa County Christmas events being cancelled, the night was a huge success for the district and the community.
“I would like to thank everyone that came out to the Maxwell Park and Recreation event,” said Kyle Miller, district president. “We are happy that we didn’t back out, like the rest of the county and cities did.”