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Santa Claus came to Fort Macleod for 34th annual parade

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Blue skies, warm weather and no wind combined to set the stage for the 34th annual Fort Macleod Santa Claus Parade.
Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the hour-long parade of about 85 entries.
“It was fantastic,” parade co-ordinator Kristi Edwards said. “Beautiful weather, great turn-out. We couldn’t ask for anything better.”
The 2015 parade theme was “A Christmas Miracle on 34th Street.”
“It’s great to see so many people come out to support it year after year,” Edwards said. “For me it’s a tradition. It’s a family thing and everybody comes home for it.”
Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter said the parade and surrounding festival speak to the spirit of Fort Macleod.
“When we see everyone out here, it’s just amazing,” Feyter said. “This is what community is all about.”
Melissa Moses dressed as a Christmas present and walked in the very first Santa Claus Parade and hasn’t missed many since even though she now lives at Indian Head, Sask.
“Even when I lived in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat we would come back,” said Moses, whose own children are now building their own tradition.
“Every year it’s a little bit better,” Moses said of the parade. “There’s always something a little extra.”
The parade is the centre of a weekend that includes carolling, craft sales, a free movie, family dance, pancake breakfast and fund-raising auction.

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