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A Continuing Tradition — Year 4 for Bancroft Thanksgiving Day Parade

Participants in the Bancroft Thanksgiving parade decorated their UTVs with holiday themed decorations.

While many people spend all day cooking or watching sports on Thanksgiving Day, the residents of Bancroft have their own neighborhood parade. Inspired by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, the Bancroft event features decorated utility task vehicles, a fire truck, tap dancing, bike riders, and walkers. The town’s oldest resident, Fuzzy Arthur, rode in the back of a truck as the parade queen.

The Bancroft Thanksgiving Parade started in 2020 as a way for residents to enjoy the holiday during the COVID pandemic. Since the parade route travels through the various streets of the town, people could stay in their homes and watch the event. While the pandemic may be over for the most part, the Bancroft Thanksgiving Parade continues to be a yearly event in the town.

With Thanksgiving over and Christmas approaching, the town will be holding a Home Holiday Decorating Contest for those who like to go all out with their seasonal decorations. The town council will choose a winner at the next council meeting, which will be held on December 21. There is no monetary reward for participating, only bragging rights.

Bancroft councilwoman Bethany Adkins (right) tap danced at intervals during the parade.
The parade procession makes its way down the streets of Bancroft.
The oldest resident of Bancroft, Fuzzy Arthur, rode in the parade as its queen.
Walt Williams, Tracey Arthur, and Michaela Jitima dressed up in Thanksgiving dinner inspired shirts.
The Bancroft parade is open to any resident who wants to participate.
The parade brings Thanksgiving joy to residents.
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