Student groups march in 36th Annual Holiday Parade


BHS cheer team walks in the Holiday Parade on Nov. 18.

Lola Jecevicus, Reporter

Traditionally, Berlin hosts a holiday parade towards the end of November. Last year due to COVID-19 the town was unable to perform it. This year the 36th annual holiday parade occurred on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. 

The Holiday Parade Committee oversaw the putting together of the parade. Angie Evans ‘17 joined the committee once it was created. 

Evans did much of the behind the scenes work, for example the parade posters.

“The core reason we decided to join is that it would be a great way to get businesses within the community to come together to ‘save’ the Holiday parade,” Evans said. “This shows that a small community can come together and help out one another and create some partnerships with one another.”

During all of the annual parades in the past, the BHS band marched through the streets of Berlin filling the ears of viewers with Christmas tunes. Drum major senior Sophie Ryf led the band through this parade. 

“We played an arrangement called Christmas Spectacular. Some members of the band decorated their instruments or wore hats for the parade,” Ryf said. 

With there being no parade last year, Evans and the rest of the committee knew this year had to be like no other. 

“We thought it would be great to have the theme be, Tis’ the Season to the Thankful to highlight those who have helped us during the hard times of COVID and to bring the community together,” Evans said. 

Another BHS group that was in the parade is the cheer team. This was their first year doing a mini performance for the parade. They performed at the intersection of Water, South Capron and Broadway Streets to the song “Winter Wonderland/ Here comes Santa Claus” by Anna Kendrick and Snoop Dogg. 

Senior and cheer captain, Alaina Kapp took on the parade for one last time for BHS. 

“I enjoyed dancing and spreading the holiday spirit with my cheer team for the last time,” Kapp said.