Local parades usher in holidays

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to Renovo parade-watchers Sunday.

From staff reports

The weather outside may have been frightful, but that did not stop area residents from attending the Mill Hall, Flemington and Renovo holiday parades this past weekend.

The 38th annual Mill Hall Kiwanis Christmas Parade began at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The parade began at the upper end of town at the former First National Bank parking lot, and attendants braved the cold, watched and cheered as the parade proceeded down Main Street, ending at Mill Hall Fire Hall. The Central Mountain Wildcat Band and Band Front livened things up with upbeat tunes and others brought smiles to everyone’s faces with Christmas carols and candy for excited children.

The Sugar Valley Rural Charter School Band participated as well, wearing festive red and green colors.

After the parade Santa visited with children and passed out treats at the Mill Hall Fire Hall.

The Flemington Hi-Neighbor Committee’s annual Christmas parade kicked off at 3 p.m. the same day. The line-up began at Allison and High streets across from Burger King. Miniature horses marching along with the other participants and were a big crowd-pleaser in both parades.

The Flaming Foliage Festival Committee presented the annual Renovo Christmas Parade yesterday, and the highlight, of course, was welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Renovo area. Snacks and hot chocolate awaited the children who stopped in to sit on Santa’s lap following the parade, as dozens braved the long line to see Saint Nick. Numerous organizations put in floats and the fire companies were out in force for the parade. The event also marked the second time the public was treated to the Bucktail Alumni Band which made a rather triumphant debut during last month’s FFF Parade.