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Screaming of a white Christmas
MARYSVILLE Theyre screaming for a white Christmas!
Theres snow business like show business and locals sure put on a show last weekend during the 19th annual Merrysville for the Holidays celebration.
A thorough dusting of the white stuff leveraged the levity and magnified the fun for the thousand locals who lined State Avenue for the winter classic. Santa ditched his sleigh for the night to catch a ride on the Marysville Fire Districts new ladder truck as the flakes fell from the sky.
Children were bundled up and beaming on the sidewalks as the Parade of Lights went by. If anything, the first real snow during the events history put the celebration over the top, adding to the holiday cheer. The white stuff started coming down just before things got started and quickly covered Comeford Park with a blanket of powder.
That was just what Kaitlyn Samaniego wanted. The Pinewood Elementary School student was there with her younger sister Makenna and neighbors Colton and Chloe Starkenburg, and Chante Lee. They were perched on prime real estate where the floats passed and turned into the park for the finale.
Im just really, really happy, Samaniego shouted. I really love all the floats.
The snow made this the best parade since she was two years old, she added.
Its a tradition; Ive been here since I was a baby, Samaniego said. I like it better with the snow. It makes it more Christmassy.
That was the same verdict after the parade as another eight-year-old was dancing to the tropical Caribbean sounds of the Bakra Bata Steel Drum Band playing at the Marysville Sunrise Rotary Pavilion. As the snow slid in sideways, the brave musicians moved their gear over to one side of the bandstand, huddling around a propane heater to keep their fingers nimble and warm. Makayla Larson of Marysville found a better way, dancing a little jig in the snow beside the pavilion. The cold meant nothing to her, and the snow was everything.
It makes it more Christmassy, Larson laughed. Even though its cold, look at how many people came.
Marysville Parks and Recreation department director Jim Ballew said the snow put a damper on attendance, but not enthusiasm. A handful of parade entries dropped out due to the weather, which was much worse to the south earlier in the day. Normally the event gets a couple thousand people lining State Avenue from City Hall to Comeford Park; Ballew estimated the turnout was down about 40 percent. But those who braved the weather made the most of it and he thanked them for showing up. The wind picked up after the parade and thinned out the crowd pretty fast, as the line waiting for Santa Claus showed. Inside the Baxter Senior and Community Center craftsman displayed their wares as volunteers followed the visitors with mops to keep the floors dry.
Great fun, it was wet. It went really well, Ballew said. As for the snow:
It was a nice cherry on top.
The Parade Grand Marshal was Alice Corsino, a long-time fixture as the Baxter Senior Center, where she is a receptionist. Corsino rode in a bright yellow Hummer with her grandkids Jessie and Guy Ring, aged eight and six, respectively. They didnt have to use the four-wheel drive, however.
The festivities were sponsored by the city parks department and several private business and organizations, including the Kiwanis International of Marysville, Roy Robinson Chevrolet and Subaru; Ivars, and Lions International of Marysville. The Kiwanis were selling hot dogs and cocoa, the Lions provided the bonfire in Comeford Park, and the Chevy dealer provided the big tent for Santa and Mrs. Claus.