CALEDONIA – Locals of all ages came out to welcome in the holiday season with Hometown Holiday Weekend’s fabulous annual parade on Main Street on Saturday, with processions of Caledonia Fire trucks, Santa on his two-horse carriage, and of course, Caledonia’s very own Kelley’s Heroes marching band.
Dozens of folks donned funky and festive costumes to the parade, where smiling young faces from the marching band, Cal-Mum cheerleaders, and Junior High School Parent-Teacher Organization flung candy into the crowd with unrestrained delight, and Santa rode into town to
personally light the Community Tree by the fire hall at 12:30 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus stayed into the afternoon to visit with kids at the fire hall. Kids could also stick around to decorate cookies and maybe eat one or two before supper.
Firefighters with the Caledonia Fire Department handed out candy canes while their canines happily greeted everyone within reach.
Baked potatoes and soup were also handy for anyone who was getting a little chilly. The holiday good cheer was palpable as folks admired gingerbread houses and browsed Main Street’s shops, and kids played their holiday favorites on kazoos.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photos by Conrad Baker.