We’ll march down Jamaica Avenue until we hit Dexter Court and Franklin K. Lane High School, where the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will provide pizza for the marchers and you’ll be able to mingle with Santa Claus and his lovely wife.
One of the wonderful things about living in a community with deep roots and traditions is taking part in them with your friends and neighbors. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed watching people march in the Christmas Parade.
But this year, I’ll be marching in my very first Christmas parade with the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, and I am really looking forward to it. We’ll be marching alongside the students from the St. Thomas the Apostle Woodhaven History Club, who have been doing such fantastic work on the cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery on 96th Street.
As a side note, the next community cleanup of our cemetery is on Saturday, December 13, starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers are welcome and needed. Also on the 13, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be hosting their monthly Town Hall meeting at noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
The annual Christmas parade is a wonderful tradition here in Woodhaven and we expect to see more marchers this year than we’ve seen in a long time. For example, the members of the K9 Korral Dog Run at Forest Park will be marching for the first time with their pups.
And you’ll also see the groups that have been marching in the parade year after year, the ROTC and marching band from Franklin K. Lane High School, the students from the Forest Park School, PS 97, and the young ones from St. Luke’s Nursery School.
If there’s a local school teacher or principal reading this and wondering if his or her school could be represented in the parade, the answer is yes. Get your kids together, grab a banner if you have one, and march. If you have any questions, call the GWDC or WBID at (718) 805-0202. Otherwise, come to 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue a 11 a.m. on December 6.
And if you’re not part of any organization, not part of any group, but the idea of being part of the parade appeals to you, just come on down and consider this your invitation to march with us.
The parade is part of a weekend celebration which kicks off the night before with the annual Christmas Tree lighting at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue. That ceremony kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and includes caroling and costumed characters for the kids and, of course, a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Congratulations to the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District for keeping such traditions as the lights on Jamaica Avenue, the tree-lighting ceremony and the Christmas Parade alive.
These are the kind of events you need to take part in when you live in a community. People tend to look at their surroundings and complain that they aren’t the way they were in the old days, and yet the old days are all around you, if you only know where to look.
And if you can’t march in the parade, here’s how you can do something special for all the kids and the people who will be marching: you can come down to Jamaica Avenue and cheer us on. We leave 96th Street around noon and walk pretty slowly down Jamaica Avenue. We’ll be kind of hard to miss.
Unless you stay home, in which case you’ll miss everything. We hope to see you at the parade.