Thousands of Central Texas celebrated the holiday season together Monday at the Temple Christmas Parade. And for many of them it was all about making lasting memories with their families.
Marching bands, cheerleaders, and even the Grinch showed up for the parade. With lights on every single one of the 86 floats, children were left mesmerized.
For Karla Johnson, it was all about family time. "It's just the fun of the holidays. Everybody gathering, everybody being together its just the time of year," says Karla Johnson.
With hands in the air, children and all those around spread the holiday spirit. Exactly what this event was started for, more than 50 years ago. Thousands of people lined Adams Avenue in Temple, some taking their children for the first time and starting a new family tradition.
A tradition the Hughes stared with their youngest only being 2 months old. "It's his first year and its her first year, all of their first years to be here. They saw it on TV and they wanted to do it and that's why were here," says Terri Hughes.
With glow sticks and smiling faces all around, Karla was even reminded of her own childhood. "Me and my mom and my grandma would sit out here and we would have hot chocolate cause it was actually cold," says Johnson.
All accomplished by a little glitz and holiday cheer.
Some of the floats in the parade were quite complicated. Taking some groups several months to get them all done.
Reporter: Tania Ortega
Photographer: Chris Buford