Despite the rainy weather, it was a very merry Christmas parade in Phoenixville Friday night, Dec. 6.
Members of the community gathered along Bridge Street to watch the annual Christmas parade and lighting of the tall Christmas tree located near the corner of Bridge and Main streets. The event was hosted by the Phoenixville Kiwanis Club.
The parade route stretched from borough hall on Bridge Street eastward, down to Starr Street. Several fire trucks, Disney characters, members of the Mummers band and Santa Claus himself participated in the parade. After the parade, Santa Claus was the star of the night, as he lit the Christmas tree and then went to “Santa’s Shed” on Bridge Street in the Children’s Plaza area, for children to visit.
Mayor Lee Scoda was in attendance and said the event ties in with Phoenixville’s First Fridays.
“When I first got elected mayor, there was a parade, then it kind of fell off for a while. Then it got started a few years ago,” said Scoda. “The Kiwanis Club has taken it over, they do all the planning. Because they do all the legwork for it, it comes off. It’s a shame tonight we aren’t going to have much [due to the rain]. They have the high school band and the Mummers band did show up.”
Also enjoying the festivities was Pa. State Rep. Warren Kampf, who appreciated the tradition of the parade.
“That’s the best part about it, it’s a tradition,” remarked Kampf. “Even though there’s a rain, it has to go on, and people are excited about it. We love being a part of it, it’s just fun to be had.”
Larry Gubanich, president of the Kiwanis Club, said his son Brad Gubanich runs the event and it is all for the children.
“It starts off the Christmas season and is great for the kids,” he said. “Kiwanis does all their work for children, the youth. It’s something the kids really enjoy. It’s all for the kids. It’s all (run by) volunteers. Nobody puts any money into it except for us.”
Notably, Kiwanis Club was instrumental in putting up the decorative Christmas lights that stretch across Bridge Street.
“We put the lights up the first year we bought them, then we turned them over to the borough,” noted Gubanich. “The borough maintains them. We also have a new Santa Shed this year at the Children’s Plaza.”
Gubanich said people slated to attend along with Mayor Lee Scoda and State Rep. Warren Kampf, were Councilmen Mike Speck and David Gautreau, as well as children from both East Pikeland and Barkley schools.