BABB — On Sunday, the community of Babb in Glacier County debuted their first annual Parade of Lights, a new event the community hopes to continue every year.
Babb is a small town located about 40 miles from Browning and about 10 miles from the Canadian border. The town hasn’t previously seen any events geared towards bringing the community together, but this year they wanted a change.
Charlene Burns and Cassie Powell came up with the idea about 3 weeks before the parade was set to go.
“So, I just asked if anybody was interested in a Christmas parade, and Cassie jumped right on board, and different community members started messaging us and said that they wanted to get involved and so we said that this would be our first annual.” Said Burns.
Cassie Powell went to the Blackfeet council with a proposal and ended up getting $1000 to put the parade on, and with added donations from the community members, the parade was in full swing.
“I think it’s exciting. A lot of people are wanting to get involved and stuff so, we’ll see how it goes.” Powell said.
With a desire to bring more Christmas spirit to the Babb community, Powell got the Toys for Tots involved and ended up getting enough presents donated to give to all the kids. The parade ended with a community wide invite to Charlene Burn’s barn where the kids could open their gifts, and everyone could enjoy the holiday festivities.
“We’re looking forward to having the kids come down and you know, have a little fun these days. The kids are going to get a toy, they’re going to sit on santa, they’re going to go through the line and get hot cocoa and candy bags.” Said Powell.
The parade had an amazing turn out, and both Burns and Powell are excited to put the parade on again next year.
“It’s a small community but we have a lot of community spirit.” Said Burns.