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[PHOTOS] Santa Parade 2013

Santa Claus came to town during the annual Sacramento Santa Parade.

Since 1983 Santa has been the featured float of the parade that has come to draw around 25,000 spectators to downtown Sacramento.

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

 

Santa Parade (11)
Sacramento Santa Parade

 The Dec. 14 parade was lined with families who waited in somewhat frigid temperatures. Traditional and unconventional floats offered something for everyone along the route.

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Sacramento Santa Parade

Spectators were treated to local law enforcement floats featuring Sacramento police, fire fighter and K-9 units among others.

2013 Sacramento Santa Parade
2013 Sacramento Santa Parade

 

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

 

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

Many Boy and Girl Scouts were also included as part of the parade.

A Boy Scout troop at the Sacramento Santa Parade
A Boy Scout troop at the Sacramento Santa Parade

 

A Girl Scout troop during the Sacramento Santa Parade
A Girl Scout troop during the Sacramento Santa Parade

The 31st Santa Parade also featured marching bands, clowns, community groups, beauty pageant winners, cheer squads, horses, and different kind of vehicles.

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

 

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

 

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

 

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

The Santa Parade spirit kept everyone warm and it was a great outing for many families who met other friends. “I love this parade. I loved the horses, golden retrievers and I saw a clown who shook my hand,” said 11-year-old Trevor. The excitement of the little boy was quite noticeable as he jumped and pointed at each float as it passed by.

The last float of the parade included Mr. and Mrs. Santa who waved, not from a traditional sleigh but from the back of a 1954 Packard convertible from the California Automobile Museum.

Santa arrives in style to the Sacramento Santa Parade on a 1954 Packard convertible from the California Automobile Museum
Santa arrives in style to the Sacramento Santa Parade on a 1954 Packard convertible from the California Automobile Museum

 

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

 

Sacramento Santa Parade
Sacramento Santa Parade

 

More photos from the Sacramento Santa Parade

 

[PHOTOS] Santa Parade 2013 via @sacramentopress

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