BY BTL STAFF
SAUGATUCK –The Grinch was in a good mood Dec. 3 for Saugatuck’s annual Whootville parade, according to the Holland Sentinel.
The parade of Whos, marching bands playing Christmas carols, the cast of Saugatuck’s long-running “A Christmas Carol” and, of course, the Shovel Brigade, made its way down Butler Street in the afternoon.
The Shovel Brigade was greeted by cheers from the crowd as it marched in formation, each member with his unique costume and following their commander’s silly orders.
“Christmas tree!” he’d shout, and they’d form a circle, using their metal snow shovels to make a “Christmas tree.”
The audience wasn’t without its own characters – boys in Pokeman pajamas, dogs in sweaters and scarves and others in Santa or elf hats.
Then there was Gregory Muncey. His checkered suit and tie each covered in red, green and white Christmas trees drew the attention of parade goers.
Muncey is administrator for the Saugatuck Douglas Area Business Association. After the parade, he orchestrated a party with hot chocolate and crafts for the kids at The Annex. Santa stopped in to hear the wishes of the boys and girls.
The parade and all the day’s festivities are entirely volunteer-run, Muncey said.
“We’re a small town,” he said, “so it really is the cooperation of so many organizations and individuals who live here and vacation here.”