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Christmas parades through Franklin County

November 21, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. -- Marching bands, gymnasts, Boy and Girl Scouts troops, fire departments, and the Shriners who drive those tiny cars had a busy day Saturday in Franklin County.

Waynesboro, Greencastle and Chambersburg all hosted their holiday parades, while Blue Ridge Summit held a tree-lighting ceremony.

"It's really fun," Kayla Petersen, 8, said of the parade in Greencastle.

Participants in the Greencastle parade donned Santa hats, reindeer antlers and elaborate costumes to show their holiday spirit during the 55-degree morning. Attendees could pick up free hot chocolate and cookies on the square for the morning event.

Friends of the Ricci family joined many other people in setting out chairs ahead of time to reserve spots.

"We come every year," Anne Ricci said.

Her children, Ryan and Gabby, said they enjoy getting candy during the parade and seeing friends.

"It's always nice to come out and see people you know," said Dory Jacoby, a Shippensburg, Pa., resident who enjoyed the Greencastle parade with her 8-year-old grandson.

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"He likes the bands, floats and, of course, the candy," Jacoby said.

Rick Mitchell collected nonperishable food items with Advanced Life Support Medic 2 in Waynesboro. The group collected six and a half boxes of food for Waynesboro Area Human Services and will continue to accept donations at the emergency room entrance of Waynesboro Hospital.

"We want to give back because the community's been good to us over the past 25 years," Mitchell said.

Ninety entrants were signed up for Waynesboro's parade, which lasted two hours.

"It's been great," Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper said. "It helps make the Christmas season a little better."

Heather Sauter and her grandmother, Bonnie Kell, said the Greencastle parade has become a tradition.

"I like to see the acrobats, and I do like to see the bands, too," said Sauter, who used to participate in the parade with Clarissa's School of Performing Arts.

Kell was looking forward to seeing some of her great-grandchildren on the Grace Bible Church float.

"It's a nice, small-town parade," Sauter said.

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