Logan County parade
unlocks the magic of Christmas
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line streets, giving Santa a warm
welcome on a brisk night
[DEC. 3, 2004]
Take a couple of dozen
festively decorated floats, school marching bands, clubs and
organizations with banners, candy galore, horses, rescue vehicles
with lights and sirens, antique vehicles and more; layer them all
together and add a bright red-clad fellow in a sleigh at the end;
and you have one swell Christmas parade.
weather was cooperative Thursday night, helping make one of Logan
County's finest parades yet. Compared with the many too warm, too
cold, too wet parade nights in years past, this one was "just
right." Temperatures were crisp enough to lend a brisk holiday
cheer, and with no detectable winds and bright stars filling the
sky, record crowds lined the downtown streets.
Young and old alike enjoyed the
sights and sounds and interacting with parade participants. From the
hundreds of volunteers and participants to the littlest ones
watching from shoulders, everyone had a great time. Bright smiling
faces were everywhere.
It is a new practice not to throw
candy but to hand it out. Kids lined the street with their bags
open, gathering candy. An elf from the Heritage In Flight float
asked a woman if she had been good, and she said that at her age she
didn't have any choice. He gave her some candy and she giggled.
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Santa is in town now and will be
asking everyone who sees him that very same question, "Have you been
naughty or nice this year?" What will your answer be?
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