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December 2, 2012

Trotting horses, sparkly floats among Marlow Christmas parade entries

MARLOW — Christmas came early in Marlow as children and adults crowded Main Street.

The Marlow Chamber of Commerce hosted the Marlow Christmas parade Saturday with pastor Joe Ligon announcing the entries as they rolled by. While Chamber Executive Director Debbe Ridley didn’t know the number of entries, she said the participation was as high as the crowd’s enthusiasm.

“Typically, we run it real close together so there aren’t any large spaces between entries,” Ridley said. “It lasts 35 to 40 minutes, which is a good long Christmas parade.

“We had a gob of horses and automobiles.”

Ridley said there are usually a lot of people in attendance for the Christmas parade. But the number of type of entries can be impacted by the weather.

And Saturday’s weather was warmer than Marlow’s Christmas parades have been in the past few years.

“It was a good crowd,” Ridley said. “Having nice weather makes people want to get outside.”

And the crowd grew as the parade moved along. Some of the parade participants who were in the parade toward the beginning moved curbside to watch the remainder of the parade.

Lesi Mann and Rylie Pass made it a point to return in time to see the horses, as they preceded Santa Claus. Mann said there was a lot to enjoy about the Marlow Christmas parade. Many of the floats and vehicles were decorated to represent the holiday season.

“I liked it,” Mann said. “It was really cool. It was just sparkly.”

Pass said her favorite part was the large number of horses, which gave her more to look at and enjoy.

“I liked the horses,” she said. Horse clubs, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and youth organizations including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts joined in the parade.

Relay For Life teams even had a float with survivors riding along and other participants waving to the crowd. Paula Huckabaa, the 2012 event chairwoman, said this is the first time the Relay For Life of Stephens County and the Marlow Relay For Life have worked together.

Ridley said it takes a lot of work to pull the parade together, but she had a lot of help, which made the parade run smoothly as with previous years.

“All of our volunteers did an outstanding job,” Ridley said.

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