King’s Participates in Wilkes-Barre’s Christmas Parade
King’s College students joined other Wilkes-Barre Area organizations on Saturday, Nov. 18, for the annual Christmas parade and tree lighting. The College joined over 70 other groups to parade up South and North Main Streets to celebrate the coming of the holidays.
The theme of the King’s float and marching group was “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – 1950s Style.” Several students donned leather jackets, jeans and sported gelled hair-dos. They danced to 1950s music on a float decorated with a jukebox, giant records and typical Christmas decorations.
There was also a section of students marching on foot as a band of toy soldiers. The volunteers were dressed in the signature red-and-white toy soldier uniforms complete with hats, make-up and prop instruments.
Campus Activities received campus-wide support for this project. The buildings and grounds crew constructed much of the float, including giant wooden records. The Theatre department also had a hand in the project.
Kathy Barber, Coordinator of Campus Activities, said she was pleased with the amount of support the campus gave for the parade.
Eric Grego, a regular Campus Activities volunteer, said the work for the parade was rewarding. “This past week I have had so much fun working on the float. A lot of us got together and worked until late at night for three days in a row, but that didn’t matter because in the end we all had so much fun. It was a true pleasure working with all of the students, administration and especially Kathy Barber on this float. The parade would not have been so successful if it wasn’t for her or the students helping put everything together.”
Other schools that marched in the parade include Coughlin High School’s marching band,G.A.R. High School’s marching band, Meyers High School’s band, St. Nicholas-St. Mary’s School andBear Creek Charter School.
After the parade, a brief tree lighting ceremony was held in the square. With a large Christmas tree wrapped in colorful lights, surrounded by smaller lighted trees and wreaths on all the street poles, the public square is now fully decorated for the holidays.