Christmas Parade continues to bring in large crowds

Published: Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 12:46 AM.

"I used to help my grandchildren gather the candy," Phillips said. "This time we're just going to sit back.

Some of the residents that are new to the area were not quite sure what to expect.

"It was a great parade," Suzanne Palmater said. "I was surprised by the number of (marching) bands and how long it was." Palmater, who moved to the area two years ago, was also surprised by the turnout. 

"I didn't think Crestview had that many people," Palmater said. She added that she plans on attending the parade again next year.

Sean Barthel and his wife and three children recently moved to the area from Alaska.

"Were not used to being spectators, we liked throwing candy" Barthel said. Barthel said he and his family would participate in parades in Alaska.

His son, Liam Barthel, 9, had a strategy to catch a lot of candy. Liam was wearing a large top hat that he had made recently as a class project at Bob Sikes Elementary. The top hat he made could also hold a lot of candy.

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