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It’s like ‘Los Banos’ own little Hallmark movie.’ Christmas parade draws large crowd.

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Hundreds of people lined the streets in downtown for the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday night.

There were people wearing Christmas tree lights wrapped around their necks, others wearing Santa hats as everyone bundled up and watched as the parade proceeded along the route.

“It’s fantastic coming out of that COVID lockdown,” said Los Banos Mayor Tom Faria. “We’re finally getting everyone together again to celebrate the holidays. It’s beautiful. This is kind of like Los Banos’ own little Hallmark movie.”

Like the city of Merced, because of the COVID-19 pandemic Los Banos decided to have a drive-through Christmas parade last year where people stayed in their cars and drove by displays set up on the side of the street.

“Everyone missed (the parade) a lot,” Faria said. “This is always one of the biggest events of the year. We always figure we get about two, three, maybe 4,000 people. The stores are selling hot cocoa. It just feels so good.”

Main Street was decorated with lights around trees.

The Christmas Parade featured floats with dance teams, inflatable Santas, Grinches, Baby Yodas, cheerleaders, local FFA clubs and Cub Scouts. Also taking part in the parade were local businesses, school bands, car clubs, dancing horses and law enforcement.

Santa Claus closed out the parade as he made his way down Main Street in a convertible.

The event ended at Henry Miller Plaza where the Christmas tree lights were lit.

Santa Claus waves to the crowd during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
Santa Claus waves to the crowd during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
People lined up Main Street in Los Banos, Calif. for the Annual Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
People lined up Main Street in Los Banos, Calif. for the Annual Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
The Los Banos Junior High band and color guard performed during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
The Los Banos Junior High band and color guard performed during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
A local youth dance team performs during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
A local youth dance team performs during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
Los Banos Fire Chief Mason Hurley (front) drives a fire engine filled with the Los Banos City Council members during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
Los Banos Fire Chief Mason Hurley (front) drives a fire engine filled with the Los Banos City Council members during the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
A large crowd gathered in downtown Los Banos for the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
A large crowd gathered in downtown Los Banos for the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 in Los Banos, Calif.
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