Marcus Larson/News-Register##A semi truck full of Christmas lights rolls down Third Street during the annual Christmas parade.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##A semi truck full of Christmas lights rolls down Third Street during the annual Christmas parade.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##
Moments after the McMinnville town Christmas tree is lit, many families crowd around, taking selfies.
Marcus Larson/News-Register## Moments after the McMinnville town Christmas tree is lit, many families crowd around, taking selfies.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##Santa waves at parade goers as he travels down Thrid Street during the annual Christmas parade.
Marcus Larson/News-Register##Santa waves at parade goers as he travels down Thrid Street during the annual Christmas parade.
By News-Register staff • 

Starlight Parade cold but still popular

 

An icy wind gave Friday night's Starlight Parade a bit of arctic ambiance for Santa's visit, but that didn't stop the crowds from lining up four and five deep, starting a half-hour early. It did mean there were plenty of blankets, scarves and ear muffs in evidence.

Restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars did a brisk business, both before and after the popular parade.

Angel Flores brought her granddaughters, 7-year-old Olivia and 6-year-old Abbey Yeldig to Third Street watch the parade for the first time, after a friend sent her an invitation on Facebook. Bundled in purple fleece blankets, the girls snuggled into folding chairs to wait for the fun to start.

“Some parades throw candy to us,” Olivia said.

Abbey added that “some parades give out stuffed animals.”

“Sometimes they throw them,” Olivia said.

The girls got both their wishes, when parade participants handed them first small stuffed toys, and then pieces of candy.

See Tuesday's article in the News-Register for more.

 

 

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