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Residents Enjoy 61st Annual Parade

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The holiday spirit was alive in Springfield Saturday as streets were filled with thousands of excited residents who came to watch the re-scheduled 61st Annual Springfield Christmas Parade.

Luckily, the weather was cooperating for the event unlike last week. Judging from the size of the crowd, the recent cold spell didn’t ruin the fun for people today.

From fire truck sirens to joyous Christmas music, people cheered loudly for everyone marching down the street and every float that rolled by.

Kids picked up candy and waved at those marching in the parade and parents watched, remembering when they were young and came to the parade doing the same thing. They say the parade has become a yearly tradition for them.

“We’ve come to the parade for the last 12 years now and we love it every year and our son is in it and we just have a lot of fun. The kids love it, love getting the candy, and love seeing everything out there,” said Nave Siegwald, a Springfield resident.

The parade kicked off with a tuba concert at noon and ended on Pioneer Parkway and B Street.

The Springfield Christmas Parade has a Grand Marshal every year to lead the parade. This year it was Dan Egan, director of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

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