Despite the drizzly weather on Thanksgiving Day, the town of Bancroft held its second annual Thanksgiving Parade. The parade was about three times larger this year than it was in its debut in 2020. The parade was composed of golf carts, UTVs, children on bikes, and people on foot. One of Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department’s firetrucks led the procession through the neighborhood. The Bancroft Church of God Mission also participated in the parade.
Fuzzy Arthur, the oldest living person residing in Bancroft, rode on the back of a car in the manner of a homecoming queen. Her outfit was complete with a sash. Fuzzy is 91 years old, and has made Bancroft her home for many years, since before the town was incorporated in 1954.
The Bancroft Thanksgiving Parade was started in 2020 by Councilwoman Bethany Adkins, who wanted to bring a taste of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the town. Many other towns and cities across the country held neighborhood parades for various occasions in 2020 in an attempt to keep spirits up during the COVID-19 pandemic. These neighborhood parades are especially beneficial for elderly and handicapped people, who might not be able to attend a parade in person.