Kenwood begins new tradition with first Christmas parade

12/31/2018 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Kenwood Fire Department serving hot cocoa and snacks for everyone at the first Kenwood Christmas parade held on Dec. 22. GRANT NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Grand Marshal Greg Backwater rides a firetruck in the first Kenwood Christmas parade held on Dec. 22. GRANT NEUGIN/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
KENWOOD – On Dec. 22, Kenwood had their first ever Christmas parade.

The parade had more than 20 floats decorated with Christmas lights. Though a small town with a community building, one convenience store and one fire station, Kenwood filled the parade course with community members and their parade entries.

“I was only expecting maybe four floats total to be in our Christmas parade,” said Bo Goins. “We only had a week and a half to get this whole parade set up. It was great to see everyone who came to participate in such a short notice.”

Goins, her fiancée Nathan Six, and her friend, Chandra Littledave, make up the team known in Kenwood as “NBC” after the initials of their first names. The three got together a week and a half before Christmas to discuss having a parade. At first it was just a fun idea until Goins said she decided they should set the plan into motion. The first thing they did was talk to the Kenwood Fire Department who agreed to help immediately. Once the Kenwood Fire Department was on board, “NBC” reached out to family and friends to let them know a new Kenwood tradition was at hand.

“We honestly didn’t know what to expect. We knew Kenwood has never had a Christmas parade before and just hoped people would show up,” Six said. “We ended up having more than 100 shares on our Kenwood Christmas parade (Facebook) post, which surprised us.”

Thanks to the Facebook post or notice, word traveled quick of the Kenwood Christmas parade.

“We were so happy to see everybody show up and have a good time. This town has always had a bad reputation, and we wanted to show everybody that it is not like that anymore,” Littledave said. “This community came together and proved that Kenwood is full of good people who love its town.”
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