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No Rain On Oakdale’s Annual Holiday Parade
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Hardly an Elf on a Shelf, but rather a girl and her guy; five-year-old Genesis Campos of Oakdale enjoyed the parade as well as downtown activities with her dad Enrique during Saturday night’s event. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

The rain stayed at bay, the streets were lined and Santa landed for his annual appearance in downtown Oakdale this past weekend. The Spirit of Christmas was alive and well on Saturday night, Dec. 7 as community members first gathered for the Third Annual Oakdale Christmas Parade followed by Oakdale’s Old Fashioned Downtown Christmas.

While they are two events hosted by differing committees, the synergy it created in the downtown area was undeniable. Traveling east on Poplar with Santa leading the way in a horse drawn wagon, the parade delighted spectators who began lining the street early in anticipation of the close to 50 floats.

Lights, music, lots of action and even snow were present for the celebration of the kick off to the holiday season.

Hosted for the third year by Oakdale Enrichment Society, Vice President Cher Bairos was in her float with the “Jingle Ladies” following behind Saint Nick. Club officers Secretary Lisa Ballard and Treasurer Lupe Aguilera also found homes within the parade festivities, as President Amy Velasco closed out the parade as the Statue of Liberty promoting the non-profit group’s July 4th event.

Organizers shared they were thrilled with the weather, as well as the outcome and support of the community. They are looking forward to continuing the event for many holiday seasons to come.

Downtown, there were vendor booths, wagon rides, businesses staying open late, food, beverages and a holiday spirit for all to enjoy.

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It was a snowy wonderland following the “Jingle Ladies” float as they sprinkled the sky, as well as the street with snow from the back of their float entry. Teresa Hammond/The Leader