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Thousands line streets to view Santa Claus Parades in Corner Brook, Stephenville and Stephenville Crossing

Sisters Jennifer and Kelly Hartley have been a big part of the annual Santa Claus parade many times before as senior members of the local sea cadets.

Over the years, they helped organize and marched with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Curling through the streets of downtown Corner Brook.

This year, however, the siblings saw the parade from a different perspective, watching from the sidewalk with their families.

They were among hundreds of people who lined West Street as the floats, clowns, service groups, cadets and Santa Claus all paraded by.

“It’s a nice family event and something everyone looks forward to,” said Jennifer. “It’s kind of a tradition to kick off the Christmas season.”

The weather was relatively mild and, despite a threat of rain, not much precipitation fell.

“It’s too bad there wasn’t a little bit of snow, but it was nice that it wasn’t too cold and you weren’t uncomfortable watching,” she said. “The kids enjoyed it.”

Kelly said her favorite part were the floats that had live music on them.

“The music was great,” she said. “I absolutely love all the floats with all the music, especially the traditional Newfoundland music.”

Jennifer was impressed with the Atlantic Ready Mix float that featured a cement truck completely wrapped in bright, colourful lights.

“You can tell they put a lot of work into it,” she said.

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