Thousands celebrate Christmas in Broadway

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 07:01 PM

Decorative clowns twirled on motorized carts while mini race car drivers zipped through Downtown Broadway during Saturday's annual Christmas Parade.

The Broadway Optimist Club 15th Annual Christmas Parade and Celebration attracted thousands to the little town Saturday where more than 140 participants dotted through on Main Street.

This year's parade is one of the largest the group has seen and the weather was beautiful, said parade organizer Connie Brown.

"We want to bring out the best in kids," she said. "We want to show the importance of being a part of a community."

Before the 2 p.m. start of the parade, visitors were able to listen to live music, purchase holiday presents from vendors and take photos with Santa who stopped by the Broadway Community Center for the parade.

"I love it," said Broadway Optimist Club Vice President Paul Rogers. "We have a big turnout and this is our way to give back to the community."

Chris Denny and her husband Gary attended the parade with their grandchildren and were looking forward to seeing their church's float in the parade.

"We love seeing the crowd," Denny said. "It's a beautiful day."

It was the first Broadway parade for Charlene Kehoe and her 2-year-old daughter, Avery, who said her favorite part was the dancing clowns.

"The parade is a good way for families to get involved with the community," she said.

The parade lasted more than an hour and Brown said the yearly tradition helps raise awareness for the club and funds for their upcoming projects.