Community comes together in Canton Christmas parade

Downtown Canton had their 31st annual Christmas Parade on Saturday evening. The parade was held in downtown Canton from 6-7 p.m.

The parade went, as usual, very well. The crowds lined the streets and safely collected candy that the participants were tossing out. The weather was perfect. It wasn’t too chilly. A sweatshirt and a light jacket complemented the weather just fine.

Before the parade started, there were many events you could attend beforehand. There was music featured by local musicians, Santa, and a Christmas Market which all started at noon. Moments before the parade, an ROTC Drill Team member delivered a silent rifle drill blindfolded. That was awesome to see!

 During the parade, spectators could even grab a free hot cup of coffee!

The CHS JR R.O.T.C. initiated the parade followed by the CHS Band of Warriors playing Christmas carols. Combined, there were about 73 floats, runners, and cars.

Freshman Olivia Thomas is a freshman saxophone player for the marching band.

“It was a lot of fun! Almost all the band has dressed their instruments with lights or tinsel!” said Thomas.

The parade concluded with Santa. This year, instead of riding his sleigh, he rode a mustang with Mrs. Claus!

At the end, kids had full candy bags filled to capacity–a child’s dream.

It was great seeing the community come out and celebrate the holidays! It is a great way to start off the holidays. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the community, and especially CHS students participating.

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