By News-Register staff • 

Lighted parade thrills crowds, especially when Santa arrives

Marcus Larson / News-Register##After the parade, Santa poses with twins Merrick and Ledger Shelton.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##After the parade, Santa poses with twins Merrick and Ledger Shelton.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##The McMinnville High School dance team participates in the annual Christmas Parade.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##The McMinnville High School dance team participates in the annual Christmas Parade.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##McMinnville s city Christmas tree brightens the west end of Third Street.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##McMinnville's city Christmas tree brightens the west end of Third Street.

Families crowded along Third Street Friday afternoon to see McMinnville's annual Christmas parade -- and welcome a very special visitor, Santa Claus.

The lighted parade started at 4:30 p.m. and was followed by lighting of the official Christmas tree in the Upper City Park.

About 30 entries made their way along the parade route.

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