LOMPOC, Calif. - Huge crowds lined the streets of Lompoc Friday night for the return of the annual Children's Christmas Season Parade.
The colorful, festive atmosphere was enjoyed by all ages which is why people come out in large number every year for the special event most agree gets the community into the spirit of the season.
Cabrillo High School's outstanding marching band led this year's colorful procession down H Street and onto Ocean Avenue.
Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl was next up waving and wishing Merry Christmas to the large crowds that lined the parade route.
"We have other plans so we thought we'd bring the grandkids over here", said Santa Maria residents Bob and Elsie Bumanglag who brought their grandchildren Koa and Kaia to watch the parade.
About 60 entrants participated in the parade with a theme of "Winter Wonderland".
The entries represented a wide variety of community organizations, schools, churches and businesses.
"My son is in the Cabrillo High School marching band so I love to support him, watch them come through", said parade watcher Cheryl Stoddard who was on the parade route with her family, "I was born and raised in Lompoc and I just love the parades."
The parade entries focus mainly on children which helps to strengthen a common, community bond.
"It's good to get out and see the spirit of Christmas and what Christmas is about", said another Stoddard family member, "gathering of families together and getting to know people in the community also."
The City of Lompoc puts on the parade which succeeds in getting people excited for the start of the holiday season.
"Because of all the music, the lights and the kids and everything", said parade watcher Lisa Johnston, "my family will be here, its a really nice outing."
After the parade, the public was invited to Centennial Park for the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and have a chance to meet Santa Claus himself.