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December 17, 2013

Comanche hosts Christmas parade

COMANCHE — Santa Claus made his rounds Saturday. And his last stop was in Comanche, taking part in the Comanche Christmas parade.

This year’s parade began with fireworks and a performance of the Comanche Honor Guard. And as tradition, the parade ended with Santa riding on a Comanche fire truck.

“The parade went good,” Bruce Akins, Comanche Chamber of Commerce president, said. “We had a lot of entries and a big crowd.”

Comanche’s parade was the last of three to take place Saturday. The final Christmas parade for Stephens County will be the Town of Velma’s, which is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 21.

Spectators and parade participants did have to deal with colder temperatures, but Akins said the wind wasn’t as bad as it had been Saturday morning. This year’s parade marshals were Don Strange and Ron Baldwin.

The event lasted a little more than 30 minutes. Akins was one of several people directing traffic of U.S. Highway 81 and Oak Main. Several times during the parade, the parade line came to a stop and traffic was directed in crossing Oak Main on the highway.

Betty Bowen, with the Comanche Chamber, said entries were down this year, with only 48 groups entering. This might have been a result of colder temperatures or the event being scheduled a week later than usual because of the Oklahoma State University/University of Oklahoma Bedlam game, which took place Dec. 7.

“We were down about 20 to 25 (entries),” Bowen said.

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