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Salado celebrates holiday with annual Christmas stroll parade

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December 6, 2012 | News
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The girls of the Central Texas Honor Dance Team dance down Main Street during the Salado Christmas Stroll Parade Nov. 29. Erin Rogers, Sentinel Staff
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A Stryker from 3rd Cavalry Regiment rolls down Salado’s Main Street concluding the Salado Christmas Stroll Parade Nov. 29. Erin Rogers, Sentinel Staff
SALADO - This Central Texas town kicked off the holiday season with their annual Christmas Stroll Parade through the town’s main street, Nov. 29.

With 41 entries in the parade, there were more than 350 walkers strolling down Main Street either in floats of on foot, waving at the parade goers lined up on each side of the street.

Salado always decorates the main road with Christmas decorations, making the family-like feel of the city even more appealing, and with the Christmas parade rolling through, the Christmas cheer was complete.

“Salado really turns out for this parade,” said Debbie Charbonneau, Salado tourism director and Christmas Stroll Parade planner. “We wanted to make this year memorable for them – we’ve been working to make it great.”

Charbonneau said parade planning has lasted all year, and even though it was stressful at times, seeing the floats roll down the street would make it all worth it.

Many new entries were in the Christmas Stroll Parade this year who haven’t been present the previous years. One entry Charbonneau said they were excited about were the Deaf Red Hatters.

“We have about 75 Deaf Red Hatters walking in the parade this year, and they look amazing and are as excited to be here as we are to have them,”

Charbonneau said.

The parade began its march at 5 p.m. with the color guard from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, followed by the 1st Cavalry Division Band playing popular Christmas songs to get the viewers in the Christmas spirit. The military Grand Marshall this year was Col. John Richardson, regimental commander of 3rd Cav. Regt., followed by the Salado Grand Marshall, Dr. Michael Novotny.

As the floats and walkers paraded down Main Street, the viewers made their way toward the end of the line as well, because the parade concluded with the tree lighting and hot chocolate and cookies for anyone who was interested.

The last of the parade line up was a Stryker brought into town by the 3rd. Cav. Regt., and it was met by cheers from the crowd as it rolled down the street toward the tree lighting.

“There is nothing more hometown than a parade,”

Charbonneau said. “It brings our community together.”
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