The cold temperatures and threat of snow didn’t keep parade goers away from the city’s first New Year’s Day parade, held downtown Wednesday.
After the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas parade was postponed three times and eventually canceled because of weather, resident Terry Cockrell decided to organize a parade for New Year’s Day. Because of the short notice, he told those interested it was a first come, first serve basis for entries and charged no fees.
“It was about a week ago, less than that, that I started planning,” Cockrell said. “So I’m very proud of what we accomplished. We had a good turn out of people and 16 entries, which I thought was good considering the amount of time we had to plan.”
Temperatures in the 20s and strong winds had participants bundled up against the cold, but spirits were high.
“We usually go to the Christmas parade, the kids love it because Santa is there and it’s just a great Sedalia tradition,” said Tiffany Lumpe, who was attending the parade with her son, Jordan Lumpe, 4. “It’s cold but we thought it would be fun to get out and see the parade. I wouldn’t mind if they held it again next year, we’d probably go. The kids love any parade, doesn’t matter how cold it is.”
Cockrell said he estimated between 100 and 200 people lined Ohio Avenue Wednesday, “a good turnout.”
“I was a little surprised with how many people came out, especially because we’re in a winter weather advisory and the snow is supposed to start soon,” he said. “But I’m glad everyone came out. It was a short parade, we only had 16 entries, but I think a lot of people had a fun time.”
Cockrell thanked both the parade participants and the visitors who stuck around to watch.
“I think the citizens love the spirit of parades, we usually have great turnouts at the Fourth of July, Christmas and homecoming parades,” he said. “It was cold (Wednesday) but it was a fun day. Maybe we can continue this tradition and keep it going next year.”