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Oakvale holds annual Christmas Parade


A "small town parade with huge Christmas spirit" took place Saturday afternoon in Oakvale.

Though small, the parade did feature a grand marshal... a float... fire engines from Oakvale and East River fire departments... a Mercer County school bus...
and Commissioner Bill Archer. The parade's founders say they came up with the idea while they were still students in high school. Delbert Whitlow recalls, "I was the Senior Class sponsor in '85-86. And the class wanted to do something different for our Christmas dance at school. So I said, 'Why don't we have a parade? We can go from the parade directly into the dance.' And that's exactly what we did."

Volunteers gave out over 100 treat bags filled with items like toothbrushes and toothpaste. Santa Claus even made an appearance, riding on top of a fire truck.

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