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Spectators line streets for Greencastle Christmas parade

November 18, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. - Santa Claus made his official debut in Greencastle Saturday for the borough's annual Christmas Parade, riding in a large sleigh with his elves.

The parade began at the corner of Ridge and Baltimore streets, proceeded down East Baltimore Street, turned left onto Carlisle Street and ended at Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373.

For more than an hour, the crowd that assembled along Baltimore Street was entertained by more than 60 units of fire companies, school bands, brownie troops, dance groups, antique cars, church groups, banks, automotive companies and more.

The bands that performed in the parade were Greencastle-Antrim Middle and High schools, Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Southern Fulton Junior/Senior High School, James Buchanan High School and Clear Spring High School.

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"It was really nice to see the bands from all the different areas," said Nicole Winslow of State Line, Pa. "That's always my favorite part. Waynesboro band was awesome."

Winslow's daughter, Olivia, 4, helped out in the parade.

"I liked walking (in the parade), throwing candy," she said.

Rhonda Swanger of Greencastle said the parade made her realize how close it is to Christmas.

"It's just a family tradition. We usually come every year," said Swanger, a 33-year resident of Greencastle. "I think it says a lot about Greencastle - that we're family."

Bill Gour, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, said he hoped everyone had a good time and that the parade continued to get the community into the Christmas spirit.

"I think it's great that the parade is the morning after the tree lighting - the momentum starts," Gour said. "I just feel like the Christmas spirit just keeps getting bigger and bigger and I like any opportunity that gets the community together."

Bonnie Shockey of Antrim Township believes that the Greencastle Christmas parade might have started in the 1980s because she remembers her daughters participating in them.

"It was nice to have a real well-put together parade in Greencastle," Shockey said. "I loved all the little kids that were on the wagons or were with church groups."

"The bands were great," she said. "They added a lot of festive holiday music."

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