Local residents crowded into downtown Bellefontaine Saturday morning to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus in the annual parade to kick off the Christmas season.
A large turnout was encouraged by unseasonably mild temperatures as over 30 entrants participated in the parade and marching bands from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, and Riverside high schools entertained watchers with festive holiday tunes.
The Grand Marshal of the parade was Jon James of James Floors and Interiors of Bellefontaine.
Santa arrived on the National Salt float.
The parade was broadcast live on 98.3 WPKO
Hear Mayor Brannon recap the Annual Hometown Christmas Parade with Bill Tipple
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Watch a portion of the Bellefontaine High School Marching Band's performance.
Participants in the parade included:
Logan County Sheriff’s Office
Bellefontaine Police Department
Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon
Gretna Brethren Church
Safe Haven YMCA
The Winter Warm-Up
Stichin’ Stirrin’ ‘N’ Stuff
Bellefontaine Lions Club
Blue Jacket Boy Scouts
Logan County Girl Scouts
Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce
Bellefontaine seventh grade girl’s basketball
Logan County Jr. Fair Board
Huntsville United Methodist Church
Bellefontaine eighth grade girl’s basketball
A.C. Insurance Agency
Hillcrest Baptist Church
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Ohio Horseman’s Club
American Red Cross
Bellefontaine Fire Department