For Pasadena residents, the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday season kicked off with the 16th Annual Pasadena Thanksgiving Parade.
The parade marked the beginning of the holiday season as local businesses and organizations paraded down Mountain Road from Tick Neck Park to George Fox Middle School.
Beginning at 2 p.m., the parade brought in large crowds reaching well over 200 in attendance. Parade goers lined up folding chairs and blankets alongside Mountain Road to get a good view of the festivities. For those opting for warmth, residents parked their cars and trucks in parking lots along the road wrapping up in blankets and blasting the heat.
“I am out here today with my granddaughter,” said local resident Arthur Weaver. Weaver and his family used truck beds for seating for watching the parade.
At the start of the parade, families with small children were first to grab the sidewalks and spaces closest to the road, in hopes of snagging the most candy. In attendance were families with children of all ages, neighbors of the Pasadena community and local businesses.
The kick-off of the parade began with the police on motorcycles and local fire departments in fire engines. Throughout the parade, the numbers of businesses and organizations that participated in the annual event were high. Some of the most popular businesses and organizations were the Boy Scouts, Marine Corps., Lauer’s, Knights of Columbus, Ambitions Salon, Salon 45 amongst others.
Northeast High School also joined in the parade with their marching band, Dance Company and vocal ensemble. Some of the interactive floats included those with children and country line dancers. The crowds enjoyed the floats that offered interactive participation, from floats with children and adults singing to floats with dancers.
“My daughter and I were going to the park, and then we heard there was a parade going on so we decided to come,” said Keith Main, father and Baltimore resident. “My daughter Sarah is excited to watch the parade.”
Lasting for over an hour, the Thanksgiving Parade offered an opportunity for local residents to see the businesses and organizations that are active within the community. The parade also offered local businesses and organizations the chance to gain further recognition through participation.