The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Emery

By Sean Delaney

Nothing says the Holiday Season as much as neighbours sharing good cheer together and watching their children delight in an old-fashioned Christmas parade.

On Dec. 11, Humberlea hosted its third annual Christmas parade.

It was a traditional hometown and homemade parade in the heart of Emery that lifted spirits, something we can all use.

Community cheerleaders Brigette Contento and Michael Verrilli were at it again.

“What was most important for the two of us, what we saw, were the smiles,” Contento said. “Laughter and the magic were gleaming in everyone’s eyes, that was the magic for us, and that’s all we wanted to achieve.”

Fellow organizer Verrelli agreed.

“The spirit of Christmas is togetherness and this night brought not only our own community together but many from our neighbouring communities. It was a most magical night.”

Contento was proud and thankful for everyone’s participation in the third annual event.

“And we want to send a huge thank you to Santa Nick who made this night possible. You are genuinely the best Santa ever,” she said. “With the help of Santa (Nick Filazzola), Mrs. Claus (Anna Verrelli), The snow princess (Alessia Bucci), the grinch (Michael Verrelli), and many volunteers, the parade was a huge success.”

Contento and Verrelli kicked off Humberlea’s parade. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their snow princess followed in the float, dancing and waving, spreading the Christmas spirit to the young and youthful. Magic, joy, and peace filled the streets with hundreds of community members following the parade led by the grinch, who was riding his scooter through the streets handing out gifts to the many community onlookers. The evening ended with a gathering at Strathburn park to enjoy delicious hot chocolate and warm apple cider.

“It is the most magical night of the year for our community, one we look forward to every year. Thanks to Brigette Contento and Michael Verrelli for continuing to add to the creation of beautiful experiences. This was a night where we felt peace, joy, and warm hearts surrounding us,” said Grace Nesci.