Emporia’s Christmas Parade

Earlier this month I had the honor of walking in the Emporia Christmas Parade.

This was my third time walking in the parade and every time I’ve enjoyed it immensely — even on parade nights where it’s so cold you can’t feel your fingers or toes at the end of the walk.

It was such a joyful experience as we walked down the street with the parade marshal banner.

Commercial Street is lined with spectators of all ages — all the way to the university. Looking around, it’s amazing to see the wonder on people’s faces — especially the kids’ faces as they point and exclaim at the floats. And want to really make a kid’s day? Wave at them. Their faces light up as they grin from ear to ear and eagerly wave back.

Emporia is a very special, generous community: one I’ve called my “Emerald City” since I first landed here.

I’m proud to be a transplant, proud to call this city home and proud to have lived her 14 years now.

I’m hoping I’m asked to walk in next year’s parade!

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