The rain showers and cold temperatures Saturday evening didn’t sway dozens of children, parents and other community members from attending the annual Coastal Christmas Light Parade and Santa Party.
The decorated vehicles in the parade included a fire engine from Brookings Fire & Rescue, two large Brookings-Harbor School District buses, a large truck from Curry Transfer and Recycling, a few Jeeps, and a 29-foot Coast Guard boat in tow.
Martha Brown, of Brookings drove a green VW coup in the parade, lined with with holiday lights and even a large inflatable ‘Grinch’ carefully positioined in the back seat.
“This is Steve Kerr’s car from Kerr Ace Hardware,” she said. “And this is the first time for me in this parade I am here because this is fun. It is exciting for everyone. It’s a community event that brings joy.”
Brown’s passenger, Glynda Barton, said she came specially dressed for the parade.
“I am wearing my ‘Grinch’ pajamas,” she said. “This is an event that draws the community together.”
The parade participants assembled in the Azalea Middle School parking at 4 p.m. to complete decorating their vehicles. Shortly after 5, the Brookings-Harbor fire truck’s loud horn sounded and the parade began. It moved from the school down Oak Street then to Mill Street, finishing at Oasis Park. Dozens of people holding umbrellas and dressed for the cold weather lined the parade route. Others snuggled in their vehicles parked along the side of the roadway to view the parade.
As the decorated vehicles ended the parade, Santa and others served hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies to those in attendance at Oasis Park.
Awards were presented for the best decorated vehicle.
First Place prize went to The Jeep Club. Second Place was Curry Transfer and Recycling. Third Place went to a coral group that sing from the Coast Guard boat, according to parade organizer Kathy Breshears. KURY Radio provided judges for the awards. A variety of prizes were contributed by local merchants.
“We plan to hold the Christmas Light Parade again next year,” Breshears said.