Greenville Holds Annual Christmas Parade

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By Catalina Trivino

It's already that time of year again -- and to celebrate Christmas early, hundreds of people gathered in the Camellia City to ring in the Christmas season.
 
It's early December-- and you might not be ready to embrace the Christmas spirit, but it's coming at you.

"I liked it because everybody just had their holiday spirit and they all like enjoyed the parade and everybody just seemed so happy," said sixth grader, Sydney McGriff, who particpated in the annual Greenville Christmas Parade.
 
People came from all across south Alabama to Greenville to see the hot rods, bands and the dancers There were almost 70 float entries in all and  thousands lining the streets to take it all in -- all to celebrate "Christmas Around the World."

"We wanted to come support the various schools and businesses who put a float in the parade or who walked in the parade, so it's a nice way for families to come together and spend time together during the Christmas season. And it's just a good way for us to show community support," Said a parent and Greenville resident, Christy McGriff.
 
Of course, there were a few crowd-pleasing cartoon favorites, like Goofy and Smokey the Bear, but just like every year, everyone was there to see one man: Santa Claus.
 
The big man was throwing out candy for all... and just like that he was gone... to re-appear in Greenville in less than three weeks.
 
Organizers say they've been holding the parade for more than 20 years.

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