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Crowds gather to celebrate holidays
Sub-freezing temperatures couldn’t put a chill on holiday spirit Saturday.
Despite temperatures under 30 degrees, hundreds of people bundled up and braved the cold during the annual Greening of Coupeville celebration.
The annual event featured a parade, tree lighting, lighted boat parade and Christmas carols.
The parade started at 4 p.m. and was led by Frosty the Snowman, closely followed by the Coupeville High School marching band and cheerleaders.
Lyla and Phil Snover were the grand marshals for the parade. They are responsible for the snowmen that currently line the arterials of Coupeville.
The parade procession included community groups such as the Gifts from the Heart food bank and their synchronized shopping cart team; Christ the King Church’s Nativity scene; fire engines from Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue; and members of Coupeville United Methodist Church.
Following the parade, crowds of people walked up to the Anchorage Inn to sing Christmas carols led by Vern and Karl Olsen. Everybody then viewed the annual tree lighting display in Cook’s Corner Park that was designed by employees for the Town of Coupeville.
The businesses in downtown Coupeville were open late Saturday night, which allowed shoppers to get in some holiday shopping. They could also walk to the end of the Coupeville Wharf to view the 10 or so boats participating in the Lighted Boat Parade organized by the Oak Harbor Yacht Club.
Folks will have a chance to earn some last-minute shopping dollars by attending the Red Ticket drawing, which is organized by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association. For every $20 a shopper spends in Coupeville businesses, they will earn one red ticket. The drawing takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 on the steps of the Island County museum located on Alexander Street in downtown Coupeville.