Athens Parade of Lights

Sherman the Shorebird led the way while representing the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team

When the parade kicked off around 7:00 p.m., the streets were buzzing with excitement as almost 100 Christmas floats and vehicles cruised from the Panama City Marina to Bay High School.

The parade featured many members of the community as well.

The Lompoc parade launched North County holiday celebrations which will include the Julefest Parade at 11 a.m.in downtown Solvang and the Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights at 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl was next up waving and wishing Merry Christmas to the large crowds that lined the parade route.

One especially elaborate float featured kids–angels–literally flying down the street
One especially elaborate float featured kids–angels–literally flying down the street

The evening also included a lighting ceremony that opened this year's edition of the Franklin Park Winter Wonderland display.

"They're so excited I don't think they even feel the cold they're just so looking forward to seeing Santa tonight", said Sharon Ingles, nodding in the direction of her three and five year's, sitting on the sidewalk cuddled under an umbrella.

"The parade brings the community together as a whole", says Carmichael.

Although the weather was frosty, there was lots of good cheer as children waved at the parade participants, especially greeting Santa Claus with enthusiasm and excitement.

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