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Community's Holiday Parade Combines Tradition, Diversity

Marching bands, cattle and a plethora of antlers characterized Saturday's Chapel Hill-Carrboro holiday parade.

Families lined Franklin Street on Saturday, watching more than 100 parade units go by.

Some observers make the parade, which dates back to 1948, an annual tradition, such as Chapel Hill resident Mary Jane Young. "We love the parades; we come every year," Young said.

A festive atmosphere was present in the Christmas sweaters, bells and fuzzy brown antler headpieces bystanders wore. As more floats and participants passed by, the crowd's enthusiasm swelled.

The parade included marching bands from both Durham Hillside High School and Chapel Hill High School, as well as elves on bicycles, the Bouncing Bulldogs jump-roping girls and troops of local Boy and Girl Scouts.

Two Texas longhorn steers made their parade debut, drawing mixed reviews from the crowd.

Religious groups also were present, bringing their messages of peace and holiday spirit. Orange United Methodist Church drove through with a wagon full of little angels and a train of wise men and papier-m

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