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COUSD Holiday Parade

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Willow Elementary's “Winter Wonderland” float  creative stacked tires covered with white to make their sturdy snowpeople. Photographs by Sarah Keller.

Willow Elementary's “Winter Wonderland” float creative stacked tires covered with white to make their sturdy snowpeople. Photographs by Sarah Keller.

Willow Elementary's “Winter Wonderland” float creative stacked tires covered with white to make their sturdy snowpeople. Photographs by Sarah Keller.

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It was the day of the second annual Charter Oak Unifed School District Holiday Parade, and chairs were lined up before 7 a.m. People came from all around to enjoy a night of fun festivities, family time and even have a meal from the variety of food trucks.

There were many different floats for the spectators to look at; all of them were decorated with different Christmas attire. Students were in the parade; all were very excited to be participating in such a fun after school activity. The parade was also a great way for students to represent the different clubs or sports that they were involved in and allowed the whole community of Covina to see them.

Some floats even won prizes, such as the Charter Oak Aquatics float that won first place and received the Light Up The Night Trophy. Victoria Flores, sophomore, who was a part of the float, enjoyed being in the parade. She said, “The parade was a fun experience. I got to see the Christmas spirit that our community has, as well as the smiles on people’s faces when they saw the float.”

Not only Charter Oak High School participated in the parade, but also most of the elementary schools had floats of their own. Willow Elementary had one that was decorated with lights and snowflakes and even played Christmas music for everyone to enjoy. The Badillo Panthers had a simple float that consisted of lights and hanging posters with students riding on it.

Although the Charter Oak Aquatics float won the grand prize, there were other winners, too. Sunflower won the ‘Best Spirit’ award, and the ASB float won for ‘Most Original.’

Not all of the clubs had floats; some just walked with banners, like the Unity Clubs. Mary Messih, sophomore, who marched with one of the Unity Clubs, said, “I had a really fun time being in the parade and marching with my friends. We even sang Christmas carols as we marched. I would definitely do it again.”

Unity Clubs made “lanterns” to “Light Up the Night.”

Overall, the parade was a very interesting experience for many and an enjoyable way to spend a Friday night. It allowed not only students, but families and community members to bear the cold winter night together by watching the parade. The holiday parade was a great way to spread holiday cheer for no cost, other than the expense of food. Hopefully, there will be more holiday parades in the years to come.

Charter Oak High School ASB float

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