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In step for the holidays

December 2, 2012 12:10 am

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Santa rides down Caroline Street during the Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade on Saturday. lo120212fredparade2.jpg

Ellie Cymrot, 5, with a seat out of the cold, looks out the window of Riverby Books during the nighttime parade in Fredericksburg. lo120212spotsyxmas1.jpg

Girls in American Heritage Troop 1027 cheer from their float at the Spotsylvania parade. Warm weather and sunny skies drew a crowd. lo120212spotsyxmas2.jpg

Gabriel Bristol (left) picks out a lei at Saturday's Spotsylvania Christmas Parade, in its 35th year. Children wave to Santa on the fire truck (right), which served as a handy ride for the day, in lieu of a sleigh.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania welcomed the holiday season with parades that drew hundreds on Saturday.

Spotsylvania's parade had a Hawaiian theme, with many of the floats decked out in colorful flowers and parade marchers in grass skirts and leis.

The afternoon parade was sunny and comfortable, while the evening one brought a chill.

Fredericksburg's parade had a fairy tale theme, with many floats featuring books as part of their displays.

The season would not be off to a proper start without the main attraction, Santa Claus, as the finale of each parade.

Spotsylvania's version had Santa in the bucket of a fire truck, while in Fredericksburg, he was in a sleigh full of children.

Cheers rang throughout the crowds as Santa made his way down the street in each parade.

Both featured several local organizations, including high school marching bands, who spread the holiday cheer with music.

-Robyn Sidersky





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