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Bands, Brownies, floats usher in Waynesboro's holiday season

November 18, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Chairs were set up along Main Street in Waynesboro on Saturday long before 2 p.m., when the 51st annual Holiday Parade was scheduled to begin.

About 95 units and four high school bands participated in the parade, said Carlene Willhide, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the parade.

"It draws a nice crowd," Willhide said. "I hope that it just continues to bring in the holiday spirit."

Each participating high school marching band was scored and received $200. The marching bands in the parade were Waynesboro Area Senior High School, James Buchanan High School, Southern Fulton Junior/Senior High School and Manassas Park High School from Manassas, Va.

First- through third-place awards also were given in the categories of amateur floats, professional floats, majorettes/drum corps and walking units.

Audrey Eshleman has seen a lot of Waynesboro parades during her 71 years of living in the borough.

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"I think there's a lot more youngsters participating now," she said. "It's nice to see the churches participating."

"It's a nice way to welcome in the season," Eshleman added.

Barbara Paterno, who moved to Waynesboro two years ago, was impressed with Waynesboro's Holiday Parade.

"I do think it's nice that the high school bands come out," said Paterno, who moved to Waynesboro from Bowie, Md.

Paterno said Bowie did not have a parade, but that Waynesboro's is "like a hometown thing."

Volunteer parade marshals guided the parade along Main Street, and a professional judging association was used to determine winners in the parade, she said.

Waynesboro's tree lighting ceremony will be Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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