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Monday, December 3, 2012

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to thousands along Central Avenue in Le Mars for the Earl Utesch Memorial Lighted Children's Christmas parade Saturday. There will be additional photos from the parade in the Daily Sentinel Tuesday.Photos are also posted in a gallery in the photos section of this website.
Thousands of people watching the 16th annual Earl Utesch Memorial Lighted Children's Christmas parade Saturday in Le Mars heard people on parade entries proclaim, "Merry Christmas."

The greeting sounded odd to some who packed the 12-block parade route because temperatures were in the mid-40s and there wasn't any snow in the ground.

The Christmas season was evident in one of the first parade entries, Santa and Mrs. Claus, who waved to the crowds from a sleigh

Heather Morehead, of Akron, was part of a family gathering to watch the parade sitting on lawn chairs near the intersection of Central Avenue and First Street Northeast.

"We love everything about the parade," Heather said. "We wanted to bring our 2-year-old son, Trenton."

Heather's husband Jeff, her sister, Holli Frahm, and her parents, Dave and Becky Borchers, also watched the parade.

She said they were excited for the 2-year-old to see anything with lights for his first parade.

Heather, a former Plymouth County Fair queen, was reminded by her sister Holli that Heather would want to look for the reigning fair royalty during the parade.

Lighted crowns topped the heads of 2012 Plymouth County Fair royalty, including king Grady Farrer and fair queen Annabelle Banks.

The number of Santas in the parade fascinated Mike Hoesing's grandchildren.

"There were about four Santas," Hoesing, of Sioux City said.

Santa was sleeping under the covers of a bed on one parade entry.

Jolly Old St. Nick's image filled the back bucket of the Wurth Tree Service truck outlined in white lights.

Hoesing's eight grandchildren from Newcastle and Plattsmouth, Neb., came to the parade and also planned to visit the Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland Saturday.

"We have never been up to the parade and the festival out at the Pioneer Village," Mike said.

The parade was "very nice," he said and then he asked his grandchildren what they thought.

Their responses: "It was fun, there was lots of candy handed out and they liked the hot air balloon flame shooting up into the air."

A train crossing Central Avenue, near First Street Southwest, at approximately 6:30 p.m. slowed the parade entries.

The brief delay gave the Sioux City Sillies a chance to do what they do best -- entertain the crowd, according to one of the clowns.

Others walking the parade route included "human" reindeer from the Plymouth County Historical Museum and reindeer with lighted antlers riding bicycles who were dressed in bicycling clothing as they pedaled down Central Avenue.

Many who watched the parade said they had the same plans as the Borchers and Hoesing families after the parade -- a visit to Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland.

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