Frosty and friends parade down Main Street

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Danielson - posted Mon., Dec. 3, 2012
Hope and Kayleigh Gouchie took a cookie break. Photos by D. Coffey.
Hope and Kayleigh Gouchie took a cookie break. Photos by D. Coffey.

Killingly's annual holiday parade, “Frosty's Big Night Out,” drew in crowds of bundled carolers at Davis Park on Nov. 30. With the Killingly High School Choral group singing Christmas carols, and the Rotarians handing out hot chocolate, the cold was kept at bay while everyone waited for Frosty, Rudolph, Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive.

KHS Choral Director Pam Rogers urged the crowd to join in as she and her band of merry singers started the evening off with “Wassail Song.” For 45 minutes the KHS Choral sang one song after another. The lyrics from “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and a host of other popular carols rang out over the park. The crowd gathered in a semi-circle around the singers, and children and parents joined in together. One little girl sat on the ground, mesmerized by the chorus.

Snowflakes blinked off and on from where they hung over the gazebo. Trees lining the perimeter of the park were outlined in red and white lights. A manger scene and light-covered monuments and bushes set the stage for the season. A row of candy canes marked off a corridor from Main Street to the gazebo where Santa and Mrs. Claus would greet the children.

At 5:45 p.m. with the flashing lights of a police cruiser slowly approaching, the chorus started singing, “Here Comes Santa Claus.” The crowd moved to the sidewalk. Children and adults alike strained to get their first look at Santa and Frosty. They waved as the holiday guests rode by.

Little 19-month-old Kaileigh Balick-Eslin stood with her grandfather. Neither chorus nor parade interested her as much as walking the ground in red leather boots, giving little shrieks of joy. She had traveled all the way from Hawaii to attend her first ever Christmas parade.

Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way through an adoring throng. A little girl reached out to shake Santa's hand. “Merry Christmas,” he told her. Then he stood at the gazebo with Mrs. Claus until all the children had a chance to take pictures with them.

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