Gaining Ground celebrated Thanksgiving early with a parade

Parade participants holding My Little Pony on signs for the Thanksgiving Gaining Ground parade. | Photo by Karina Ramos Villalobos

Gaining Ground–a day center for adults with developmental disabilities– hosted its first Thanksgiving Parade on November 11 with floats, costumes and music. 

“We are participating in the Thanksgiving Gaining Ground parade dressed up as Princess Peach,” said Thea Locker, a parade participant. Along with her boyfriend, Keaanu Housted who dressed as Mario. Both of these characters are from the game series created by Nintendo. 

Just like Locker and Housted, others also dressed up. At this parade, you could have see SpongeBob SquarePants, the Care Bears on signs, and handmade floats. 

Gaining Ground walked up and down the sidewalks of Old Town on 2nd Street sharing their Thanksgiving cheer. Many clients front the Gaining Ground Day Center hope this parade will occur again next year.