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Jonesboro kicks off the holidays with annual Christmas bazaar and parade

Jonesboro hosts annual holiday kick-off celebration

Santa Claus blows a kiss to someone in the crowd at the Jonesboro Christmas parade Saturday. Santa rode in at the end of the parade atop a Clayton County fire engine. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Santa Claus blows a kiss to someone in the crowd at the Jonesboro Christmas parade Saturday. Santa rode in at the end of the parade atop a Clayton County fire engine. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Santa Claus asks 10-month old Haroldson Stewart if he’s been a good boy after the Jonesboro Christmas parade Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Boy Scout Troop 297 leads the Jonesboro Christmas parade with the American and Georgia flags Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Beverly and Willis Swint drive down Jonesboro’s Main Street as the grand marshals in the town Christmas parade Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The Mundy’s Mill High School marching band and its drill team make their way down Jonesboro’s Main Street during the city Christmas parade Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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First Baptist Church of Jonesboro had a Chinese Dragon-esque serpent entry in the Jonesboro Christmas parade Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Dancers from Atlanta Dance Corp wait to do a routine during a stall in the Jonesboro Christmas parade Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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The Forest Park High School marching band marches in the Jonesboro Christmas parade Saturday. The school was one of three in Clayton County to have a band in the parade. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — The Jonesboro Christmas parade lacked any snow, but it had plenty of frosty air as more than 1,000 people lined Main Street to see it pass by Saturday.

Led by Boy Scout Troop 297 and grand marshals Beverly and Willis Swint, the parade featured dancers, politicians, marching bands, local celebrities, public safety officials, scout troops, a Chinese Dragon-esque serpent puppet, elves, a walking Christmas tree and holiday presents.

It was capped off by a visit from Santa Claus atop a Clayton County fire engine. He was ushered in by a procession of three Tara Wreckers tow trucks.

The parade was preceded by a Christmas bazaar on Main Street and Santa received Christmas lists from children on the south porch of the historic Jonesboro Train Depot afterward.