Bands, floats, drill teams, marching units, antique fire engines, vintage cars, mounted equestrian units and — of course — Santa Claus will be featured at Saturday’s 48th annual Woodland Christmas Parade. The event, which attracts an estimated 20,000 people to downtown Woodland, is sponsored by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
The parade, themed “A North Pole Fantasy,” begins at 10 a.m. and marches down Main Street from California Street to Sixth Street. Dedicated parade watchers have been known to arrive along Main Street as early as 7 a.m. to make sure they get their favorite spot.
The parade will go on, rain or shine, chairman Fred Bailard said.
“We have only canceled three parades in the 48-year history,” he said. “The children really look forward to this community tradition.”
The parade is one of the largest of its kind in Northern California with close to 150 entries. Santa Claus, who closes the parade while riding on an antique fire engine, can always be counted on as the highlight of the parade, Bailard said.
“The entire second division will be a command performance by the Ben Ali Shriners, a crowd favorite,” he said. “And who can resist signing along and bobbing their heads with the California Aggie Marching Band-uh?”
Downtown merchants and street vendors will sell hot chocolate and festive goodies.
As always, awards are given in several categories, including bands, floats, drill teams, marching scout units, antique fire engines, vintage cars and mounted/horse units.
For more information, visit www.woodlandchamber.org.