Excitement and anticipation builds up this time of the year in Cuba for the Christmas Parade, Lighting Ceremony and Christmas party that’s held the first Saturday in December each year.
Cuba has stepped up on Christmas decorations through two community groups, the Lions Club and Cuba Beautification. These two groups have been working together the last two years organizing the parade, lighting ceremony and Christmas party. Invitations are mailed and hand-delivered to invite business, schools and community organizations to participate in the parade. After the parade those who participate stop around the square to see the square light up with new and exciting lights, blow ups and other decorations.
The Cuba Beautification Committee team members Richard Mason, Charlotte McBride and Leon Baker start in July and decide what is going to be added. The team makes a lot of the decorations. Last year, 20 candy canes and a large snowflake where added. The team works hard on being cost-conscious when designing and making the new displays. In 2013, three over-the-road displays were added, and will continue to be a part of the Christmas display each year, along with lighted manger scene, candy canes, and 7-foot lighted snowflake.
There will be a variety of activities going on throughout the day. Businesses will have open houses, the Masonic Lodge will host a supper from 4 to 7 p.m., the Methodist Church will have a cookie walk and quilt auction, Village Country Store will have an ugly Christmas sweater contest at 1 p.m. and Keokuk Junction Railway is coming through at 3:45 p.m.
Another highlight of the evening is the Christmas party that’s held at the Cuba Community Center right after the lighting ceremony. Each family will receive five free raffle tickets to place in containers for the items they would like to win, including a 32” TV, surround sound system, tablets, MP3 players, toys, bikes and gift certificates. There will be Christmas goodies and Santa to take pictures with Everything is free!
A special thank-you to all the businesses and community residents who have participated in fundraisers. The Beautification committee and the Lions Club invite everyone out to enjoy the festivities.
The parade will start at 6:30 p.m., with the Lighting ceremony following and Christmas Party after that!
The Patterson Family will hold the honor of being 2015 Parade Grand Marshal.
Canton Daily Ledger, November 24, 2015