The Miracle on Main Street and Holiday Electric Parade
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Cassie Rill is a student at McDaniel College. She’s writing for us this semester as part of their new course, “Writing for Main Street.”
A Westminster tradition
The Miracle on Main Street and the Westminster Holiday Electric Parade were held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season and also in support of Small Business Saturday. The night started off with a Jingle Bell Run, in which participants of all ages wearing holiday-inspired costumes ran a race throughout the parade route. After all the participants finished, the parade started.
The first performance could be heard from far away; it was the Westminster Municipal Band playing all the familiar holiday songs from the ages. The Parade continued down Main Street with a variety of acts including bands, dancers, clubs, and even the Mayor of Westminster and his council.
There were also floats varying in shapes and sizes but all were decorated bright and colorfully. Some of the most memorable were the Carroll County Jeep Club and the Corvette Club where they had decorated all of their vehicles with strings of lights, wrapping paper, candy canes and whatever they could manage to attach to their vehicles. One even had a tree on the top! This was a way for all groups from Westminster to get creative and celebrate the holidays, the Carroll County 4-H had a tractor pulling a wagonful of rabbits that were lit up.
Our Ting float (pictured above) came through the parade toward the end. It showed examples of how to use Ting’s crazy fast fiber Internet, including kids bundled up on a couch, streaming holiday movies.
Over 5,000 people gathered downtown Westminster to enjoy the festivities. It created lots of business and interaction between the downtown community, friendly neighbors and spectators.
Throughout the night, there were numerous other activities for the community to enjoy. The Tree Lighting ceremony and the arrival of Santa at the library were fun events for all ages.