Lynn Haven Christmas Parade brings more than holiday cheer

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Lynn Haven sustained major damage during hurricane Michael, but not even a storm can stop the holidays.

The annual Christmas parade kicked off Saturday morning down Florida Avenue and everyone got in on the fun, despite the damage.

April Smith, who was attending the parade said, "They have kept the tradition. It gave us something to look forward to. In the middle of all the destruction, it gave us a little piece of normal."

That sense of normalcy is something some say the Lynn Haven community desperately needed, especially for the kids.

Jessica Peoples, who was also attending the parade said, "Anything that we can do, these events like the tree lighting ceremony last [Friday] night and the parade that brings smiles to their faces, it's worth it."

Smith added, "I just think it's kept a sense of family and a sense of community, that we are strong and we will get through this."

Some say that sense of family is strong for Lynn Haven residents.

Katy Smith, a parade attendee added, "You get to be with your family and friends and if you haven't caught up with them yet, you'll get to see them."

The parade itself featured everything from marching bands, to crazy floats, city officials, and cool cars.

Above all, the strength and resilience of the community as well as the holiday spirit remains after the storm has passed.