By LorettaRodgers

 lrodgers@myspiritnews.com

Brookhaven and Marcus Hook residents lined the streets on Nov. 19th and 26th, respectively to watch their community’s annual holiday parades, which for locals, marks the official beginning of the Christmas season.

Dedicated to emergency personnel, the Brookhaven parade featured several string bands, the Sun Valley High School Marching Band, Chichester High School Marching Band, antique cars, fire apparatus, police vehicles, clubs, organizations, dance schools, Boy and Girl scouts, local businesses, religious organizations, Brookhaven Town Watch, the Sun Valley Marine Corps JRROTC,  Coebourn Elementary School pupils, and, of course, Santa Claus.

“Our family looks forward to this parade every year,” said Miriam Reeds. “My children really enjoy the characters that walk along the parade route.”

The parade is organized each year by Councilman Vawn Donaway and a dedicated committee who give of their time to plan the event.

In Marcus Hook, the holiday parade was held in the evening, and featured various emergency vehicles lit up with Christmas lights, the Chichester Alumni Band, float with Toy Story theme, the 36th Masonic District, Tabitha’s Toy charity, and much more.

“Most people go shopping on Black Friday,” said Marsha Dixon, “but not me. I just can’t do my shopping until after my family watches the parade. I’ve been coming here every year for many years now and wouldn’t miss it.”

The Sun Valley Marine Corps JRROTC cadets are staples in the parade.

The Sun Valley Marine Corps JRROTC cadets are staples in the parade.

Woody led the Toy Story float down Market Street.

Woody led the Toy Story float down Market Street.

The Chichester Alumni Band participated in the Marcus Hook holiday parade.

The Chichester Alumni Band participated in the Marcus Hook holiday parade.

Brookhaven scout troops 513 and 5864.

Brookhaven scout troops 513 and 5864.

Brookhaven Town Watch participated in the parade.

Brookhaven Town Watch participated in the parade.

Santa Claus greets children high atop a Brookhaven fire truck.

Santa Claus greets children high atop a Brookhaven fire truck.

A vintage Upland fire truck was a crowd pleaser in the Brookhaven holiday parade.

A vintage Upland fire truck was a crowd pleaser in the Brookhaven holiday parade.

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