Weather, crowd all tops for 67th Santa Parade

There seemed to be plenty of everything at the 67th annual Santa Parade brought to town by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Dec. 4. The kids enjoyed handouts, the sights and sounds typical of the event, with sounds of the Rockford marching band filling the ears of families who watched the floats go by. There also seemed to be plenty of dogs—with holiday outfits in the crowds, in the parade (Denise Maghielse has a three-legged one), and even in the new City of Rockford plow truck.

The star of the show was Santa himself, who visited with children after the event in the Rotary Pavilion.

For those who missed the parade and other events of the day, there is plenty of holiday cheer still to be enjoyed in Rockford, including free carriage rides beginning at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Rockford on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17. Take the time to visit Rockford’s local shops to complete your Christmas shopping.

photos by Beth Altena

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