Onlookers of all ages lined the streets of downtown last Saturday, in preparation for the annual Bend Christmas Parade.
Starting at noon and lasting for over an hour, the parade’s theme this year was, “Best Christmas Ever.” Businesses, schools, organizations, locals and dogs all came together to celebrate the holiday season.
“I love to see Santa and the Grinch,” said attendee Sheila Shelton, 56.
Shelton thinks the parade is a great way to kick off the Christmas season. Joined by her two dogs Harley and Hayden, Shelton loves to come to the parade each year and give back to the community.
Some highlights of the parade included musical performances by Bend, Mountain View, and Summit High School, local celebrity Mary Barackman (known as the “Little Caesers Lady”) and at the end a grand appearance by Santa Claus himself.
Luke Reynolds is a student at Central Oregon Community College. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was produced as part of Publications Lab, a COCC course, and not by staff of The Broadside, an independent, student-run news organization located on the COCC campus.