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Hello, Christmas: Parade opens festive season

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Kyerstin Rounds (8) and Kayliegh Gardner (1) visit with Santa after the Christmas Parade. For more parade/walk photos, see page A-6.

It was lovely weather for a parade together with the community.

The annual Times Observer/WCCBI Downtown Warren Christmas Walk and Parade had it all — the good, the bad, and the WACKO.

Santa Claus made his traditional pre-Christmas appearance to participate in the parade — riding a log cabin this time — and to greet the young people of Warren County. His tenement on wheels was later parked on Second Avenue at Liberty Street and a line of mostly excited children quickly formed. Santa will be at Allegheny Memorials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Mohawk Avenue and Route 6.

The Grinch showed his face in the parade, but he was sealed away in the basement at McKissock’s afterward. The line waiting to get into the Whoville display stretched across Liberty Street and curved south.

Hot cocoa and cookies were available at several locations — helpi

ng folks rebuild their strength and replace the warmth lost during the parade. The cookies at the Northwest Community Room were customizable — Warren County Special Olympians scooped out sprinkles and toppings as requested.

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm Santa waves from his log cabin during the Christmas Parade.

The Warren Area Cackophonic Kazoo Organization spread its oddity again, not only making their ‘music’ in the parade but handing out kazoos to spectators.

More formal music was provided by the Warren Area High School band during the parade and the Youngsville High School string orchestra at the Warren County Historical Society.

PennDOT brought out the Warren Area High School entry in the annual Paint the Plow competition.

In addition to carrying Grand Marshals Nancy and Don Rudolph, the Warren County Historical Society’s horse-drawn trolley bore suffragettes celebrating 100 years of women having the right to vote.

“The community came out in droves and showed its togetherness once again on Friday,” according to Times Observer Publisher Robert Patchen. “The parade and Christmas Walk went very smoothly, and it’s the perfect start to the Christmas season. Thanks again to the WCCBI for being the Times Observer’s co-sponsor, and to all who participated.”

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The Warren General Hospital float.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Buffy Check picks up some chestnuts — freshly-roasted over a somewhat-open fire — from the Boy Scouts during the Christmas Walk.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Members of the Warren Area High School marching band perform in the Christmas Parade.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The Snap Fitness float in the Christmas Walk and Parade moved pretty well for a stationary bike.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry The PennDOT entry in the parade bore the Warren Area High School Paint the Plow wing.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Bernadette Sweet Movinsky and Kamryn Swift chat over hot chocolate at the Warren County Historical Society.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A steady stream of people move in and out of McKissock’s Whoville display.

Photo by Lynne GoodwillGrand Marshals Nancy and Don Rudolph, and suffragettes celebrating 100 years of women having the right to vote, ride in the Christmas Parade on the Warren County Historical Society trolley courtesy of Crackerjack Farms.