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ZEBULON — Zebulon residents and guests ushered in the Christmas spirit while their stomachs were still full from Thanksgiving leftovers on Sunday.
A large crowd gathered on Arendell Avenue in downtown to watch as community members, pageant winners, small businesses and nonprofit organizations rode by waving with large, jolly smiles for all to see during the Zebulon Christmas Parade.
Like any good parade, kids lined the streets waiting for candy to fly from the floats. Some participants even walked up to the crowds making sure everyone big and small got a treat. Cheerleaders and dance school groups such as Wendell’s JBSDance Studio showed off their moves dressed in holiday garment as they made their way down Arendell and Gannon avenues.
Several motor enthusiasts showed off their vehicles. A team of McCormick Farmall tractors made their way down the parade path early. Near the end of the parade a team of big-wheeled, off-road Dune Buggyies rode up one another’s tires, lifting themselves into the air waving as the crowd applauded.
Citizens like Mildred Woodard can’t get enough of the parade every year. Woodard has lived in Zebulon for over 30 years and she said she has been coming to town’s parade for as long as she can remember.
“It’s our family tradition,” Woodard said. “Me and my kids, and now my grandkids, come to the parade every year.”
The crowd dispersed after Santa rode by in his reindeer-led sleigh, signifying the end of the festivities.