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The fireworks filling the Comanche sky Saturday night were a thrilling sight for the hundreds of people of lining Main Street as it signified the start of Comanche’s annual Christmas Parade.
Comanche’s fireworks show brings in extra viewers as it is the only area town in Stephens County to include fireworks in its annual parade lineup.
The VFW flagbearers were the first to make the trek across Main Street followed by the spirited tunes of the Comanche High School marching band, who escorted the parade marshalls Russell and Martha Combs.
Many of Comanche’s parade participants came from around Stephens County to take part in the parade.
The Velma Volunteer Fire Department made an appearance with a decorated fire truck as well as the Corum Volunteer Fire Deparment who came with not only a truck but an elaborately decorated trailer pulled behind it.
A variety of vehicles at the parade enticed the eyes of both young children and older viewers as well. The parade featured a wealth of motorcyles, classic cars including a Ford Model A car and new cars and trucks. ATVs and trick motorcyles were also in abundance at the parade.
Student groups, civic groups and area celebrities used the parade as opportunities to gain exposure in the community. Among them were county pageant winners, the Comanche FFA, an American Sign Language club and the Comanche High School Cheerleaders.
Although the weather may have not been typical Christmas weather, the Christmas parade with lights, Christmas music and the parade’s final float featuring an appearance by Santa kicked off the holiday season in true Christmas fashion.