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The Christmas Parade Lives On!


Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and strict Public Health safety-related crackdowns, hundreds of Mercedians made there way through Main Street in downtown Merced last Saturday to take part in the city’s annual Hometown Christmas Parade.

This year’s event was labeled a “reverse parade” — with residents driving down a converted, one-way Main Street and passing by holiday performances and festive floats presented from the curbs.

This year’s “reverse parade” included many of the sights and sounds familiar to past celebrations, including dance routines and songs from local studios, classic cars decked out in garland and tinsel, and of course Ol’ Saint Nick himself sitting in his sleigh next to the MERCO Community Christmas tree.

Throughout the event, holiday hits filled the air courtesy of the Grinch DJ.

Residents, of course, were also filled with the spirit of Christmas, with many wearing Santa hats in decorated cars and trucks for the occasion. The vehicles were lined up way down Main Street for the event, and the scheduled 2-hour event was extended to meet the demand.

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