Van Buren Christmas Parade marches on Main Street

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The annual Van Buren Christmas Parade got underway Saturday evening (Dec. 10) just after dark. Beginning near the new library, located at the corner of 15th and East Main, a long string of cars, floats and marchers made up this year’s line-up.

Despite the cold temperatures, a large crowd turned out for the event, sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association. Families bundled up in extra layers and wrapped up in blankets as they stood along Main Street.

Bill Swaim served as the Grand Marshal and helped lead off the parade in a red convertible. Sirens wailed and lights flashed as squad cars and fire trucks from local units greeted the crowd.

This year’s parade featured several themed floats including a gingerbread house, a live nativity scene and even a troop of Girl Scouts dressed as their favorite cookies. Santa Claus also made an appearance in his sleigh.

Dozens of area businesses, churches and civic organizations were represented among the floats. Many tossed candy, beads and other Christmas goodies to children as they drove past them on the street. Individuals walking alongside the floats also handed out flyers and treats to the crowd.

The Van Buren High School Band performed Christmas tunes as they marched. Cheerleading squads and dance teams from several area schools walked in the parade cheering and wishing the crowd Happy Holidays.

Many antique cars and motorcycle groups also took part in this year’s event. Some trimmed their vehicles in lights and adorned their rides with festive wreaths.

The parade stretched for several blocks as it wound down Main Street. It concluded near the courthouse in downtown Van Buren.