“Haven’t seen this many people in Yass since I was the same height (as these kids) thirty years ago!” remarked a Yass local on the Yass Street Parade, Thursday evening.

“Strength in community. From babes in arms to the bus of seniors. Families with dogs and smiles galore. Emergency Services Being shown gratitude. Why we live where we live” – Jano Scanes

“Wouldn’t this be great if it became an annual event” Jackie Wilson

“What a great community we have. Thankyou” – Yvonne O’Mara

After a year steeped in fear of crowds and enforced isolation, it was a cathartic gathering on the main street of Yass last night for a parade and late-night shopping community markets.

Crowds lined the main street to wave and cheer on Santa, Council & Emergency Service Crews in tinsel-decked vehicles. Children clambered into Santa’s sleigh with nearby main street trees twinkling with Council’s newly purchased fairy-lights. Families mingled, enjoying a snag sandwich cooked by Rotarians. The Lion’s Club ham wheel spun cheerily while singers carolled the crowds that were pulsing along Comur Street in waves as people stopped to peruse the many artisan and craft stalls or upon seeing a familiar face to chat with.

Click to watch Yass Christmas Parade 2020

Marichka holding Sophia 21 months, Kieran holding Leo 4 & 1/2 and Andrew 21 months

Yass father of three Kieran Eadie told The Times his family had been to a parade on the South Coast and loved it. So, when he saw the post about this parade the family decided to come.”It was really great. It’s nice that they had things kids love, like garbage trucks. My kids run out naked to watch the garbage trucks in the morning. And the big digger!”

Four-year-old Leo was asked his favourite vehicle in the parade “The Police car!

Yass Mother Marichka added,”‘It’s good to see so many happy people, so many stalls and people with their crafts – a great atmosphere.”

Jasper Jones spotted his favourite emergency service vehicle – “The Police”

Yass Branch Commonwealth Bank Manager Ryan Cassidy brought out the smiles of volunteers from the Yass SPIN Foundation (Supporting People In Need) with CommBank making a community donation of $500.

Mayor Rowena Abbey with Alix Douglas and son

Jim Hutton with his artfully crafted natural wooden wares

Ivy 4yrs, Zahli 8yrs & baby Jasmine with Santa Claus

“It’s awesome. We need this every year,” said their mother Reegen.

Julianna & Angelia Pitt with their creations for sale

Fifteen-year-old student Julianna Pitt from Yass was one of many artists with their wares on display for sale

“This is my first time doing this. In quarantine, I decided hey, I am going to do water-colour and have a lot so I am going to sell them.”

Fourteen-year-old sister Angelina Pitt also had her beaded creations on show “I’ve just got a lot of stuff and you know, money’s cool” she laughed.

Alice Clark was also on hand to talk about her creations and had just sold $60 worth of prints.

“It’s lino-block, inspired by nature. I work in lots of different colours.”

Artwork by Alice can be purchased after the markets through local therapy-through-art business “Arts Health Business” owned by Camille Kersley.

Alice Clark with ‘Art by Alice”

Abigail Smith age 10 – “the reindeer in the sleigh”

 

Daniel and son Heath Kelly bring the family street band back together after a ten-year break – carolling the crowds

Rotary Alfred McArthy at the snag station with Andrew Douglas

From our Yass Valley Times family to yours…have a safe and happy Christmas – Jasmin Jones, YVT Editor with daughter Rosella. The man in the red suit will be on his way soon!