The ‘unity’ of community

November 30, 2016

HIBBING — There’s a significant change to the Spirit of Unity Parade this year.

Scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, the parade will begin on the 23rd Street side of the Memorial Building. The route will proceed to First Avenue, Howard Street and Fourth Avenue East before concluding in front of Hibbing High School (HHS).

The route change is partially due to the closure of the 400 block of Howard Street.

The route will now pass by more of city hall than only the Fifth Avenue East side like it has in years past.

“We’re trying to show all that city hall has to offer … all the lights and displays,” said Michael Sullivan, president of HHS student council.

The parade is sponsored by the student council in conjunction with the City of Hibbing and is projected to take about a half hour. There will be nearly 20 entrants, including the HHS marching band and cheerleaders.

“There’s a lot more involvement from the school this year,” Sullivan said. “A lot more students and a lot more student floats will be participating.”

There’s still time to participate in the parade. Entrants will be accepted until the parade begins, said Carrie Fawkes, HHS student council co-adviser.

“The more the merrier,” she said. “They can just show up, and we’ll stick them right in.”

The weather looks to be favorable for the annual event. The temperature will be around 23 degrees, which is 15 degrees warmer than the average for that day, according to AccuWeather.

“People should dress for the weather, which should be pretty good,” Fawkes said. “Warmer weather should make the parade even more enjoyable.”

Sullivan is inviting kids, adults and senior citizens to come out and watch the procession.

“It’s a parade for the entire community, hence the name ‘Spirit of Unity,’” he said. “We have one goal — to create unity in the community. What better way to spend a Thursday evening than by spreading holiday cheer?”

A pre-parade party is set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Security State Bank, 701 E. Howard St. The Million Dollar Kid’s Club is hosting the event in the bank’s lobby, which will include: live music by Casey Aro, games and prizes, Christmas cookies and ornament decoration, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.