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Thousands attend annual City Lights Parade

(Source: KAUZ) (Source: KAUZ)
WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Thousands bundled up Saturday night and made their way to downtown Wichita Falls for the annual City Lights Parade. 

"I think it's something where the community can come together and get ready for the holiday season," Jessica Creed said. 

Organizers said each year the parade has a theme. This year the theme was "Christmas Around the World." 

One man, we spoke with traveled all the way from Vernon so his son could see the parade. 

"We moved down here from Denver, Colorado and we had a big parade of lights (there) and this is his first Christmas parade and we wanted to bring him down here and be part of it," Dane Townson said. 

More than 1,000 people and their floats traveled along a 14 block parade route throwing candy, shirts and some were singing to the crowd. 

Nearly 10,000 people stood on the side of the streets to watch the annual display. 

"I love seeing all these people downtown, all the families walking around downtown. It definitely starts that holiday spirit inside you," Jeanette Charos with Downtown Wichita Falls Development said. 

While the cold weather may have kept some at home, one thing you could not deny about those in the crowd was the energy they brought. 

"It's good to see everybody down here. Wichita Falls is kind of dead during the day but seeing everybody down here at night is really great," Townson said. 

Organizers hoped that the hour-long parade would bring out a sense of community. By the atmosphere Saturday night, it is likely their goal was met. 

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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