By SEAN ROWLEY
On its second go-round, the Hulbert Christmas Parade was just as impressive as last year.
The little town put on another big parade Saturday with dozens of floats and hundreds of people participating in the march and crowded along State Highway 51 through downtown.
Amanda Parker stood along the route with her three kids:
“This is our first time to come to this parade,” she said.
“This was just a family activity that we thought we might try. I’m thankful that we have something like this in Hulbert and don’t have to drive to Muskogee or Tahlequah to see a great parade.”
Rhonda Boston said she attended the inaugural Hulbert parade in 2012 and thought it was beautiful.
“This year there are 40 entries,” she said. “This parade is as big or bigger than Tahlequah’s. This is the first year I’ve come to a parade without a child with me. I guess I’ll have to gather the candy myself.”
Participating groups included the Hulbert High School band and other school organizations, local fire departments and law enforcement agencies, churches, businesses and the Hulbert Public Works Authority.
“My son is on the public works float,” said Kelly Scott. “This parade just keeps going and going and there are some awesome floats.
The number of floats also impressed May Sterling, who echoed the sentiments of many about the parade’s breadth.
“I have my little grandson here, so I am excited,” she said. “This is the first time that he is old enough to really be able to enjoy it. It has lots of floats, lots of lights, lots of people.”
To safeguard the route, traffic was redirected off the highway at East Sixth Street to the east and Rider Lane to the west by Hulbert police officers and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Participants marshaled on North Birch Street.
Jon Sourjohn said the parade brought out the kid in him.
“They give out lots of candy and you get to see Santa Claus at the end,” he said “I really enjoy the old classic cars. It’s a fun family event and I like it a lot.”
The parade closed with Santa’s float - with Mrs. Claus driving the sleigh and Santa lying on the front. It was rumored Santa sustained a minor leg injury while supervising toy production.