We have some great events in Havana each year but the holiday festival and lawn mower parade, which are this Saturday, are my favorite. They seem to bring out the best in everyone involved from participants to spectators.
If you really want to get in the Christmas spirit, attend the parade that starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Havana Community Park on 6th Anvenue East and winds its way around town, concluding at the intersection of 7th Ave. West and 1st St. N.W. for judging of the entries and up-close viewing. It’s a hoot.
The parade features lawn mowers and golf carts cleverly decorated for the season. Prizes are awarded so entries can get pretty creative. Also in the parade are old-timey cars, motorcycles and a variety of other entries that are sure to delight the crowd.
Food and craft vendors will line the streets to add a festive atmosphere to the day. Havana’s shops will also be in on the act offering all kinds of gift selections for Christmas shoppers to browse and purchase.
And don’t forget the always-popular Snow Village (with real snow!) that will open at 10:30 a.m., and Santa Claus who will visit following the parade. Other activities include
Christmas music throughout the day at the stage area, horse and carriage rides, and kids’ rides and activities.
The day officially begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. It’s a great event for families to enjoy Havana’s holiday atmosphere with its story-book Christmas atmosphere.
All activities are free and there’s no entry fee. Just load up the kids and come on down!
The Herald has participated in the parade since its inception and it’s now become a tradition to enter a “float” each year. We wouldn’t miss it. And I suggest you don’t either.