My mother Ginger was taken from us on her 65th birthday in 2012, but she left a lifetime of such fun and wonderful memories behind. She was known for her child-like spirit and imagination and will be remembered by many as "The Parade Lady." She was forever creating new parades and events and finding ways to give back to her community, that she loved so dearly!
She started the nighttime parade for my father, who always wanted a torch parade. The first year it was not very well attended. Mom and I always disagreed about how many people came the first year, and I'd love nothing more than to have photos to know for sure, but she thought there were over 100 people. I recall more like 20, including the spectators.
That first parade we had to use mom's huge tan Buick to block off the street to keep traffic off Center street. I can't help but laugh just at the thought of it! It was very "small town" and very funny!
The parade started at Everyday People Cafe and made it to about the Post Office before it just sort of dissipated to nothing. It wasn't big, but it was fun, so the next year it got a little bigger and then it got even bigger the following years. Now we typically see anywhere from 6-10k people come to town for the events.
She would be blown away if she could see it now! Maybe she does... I could swear she controls the weather on parade day!
Erin K. Wilkinson
My mother Ginger Wilkinson founded the Douglas Halloween Parade for Adults. I took over managing it after she passed away in 2012. Each year I dedicate the parade to her loving memory. She loved being whimsical and giving back to the community!