LANCASTER – Hundreds lined The BLVD in downtown Lancaster Saturday morning, braving low temperatures, chilly wind gusts and even rain in order to catch a glimpse of community queens, marching bands, colorful floats and more at Lancaster’s annual Christmas/holiday parade.
The parade took place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Lancaster Boulevard, from 10th Street West to Division Street. Presented by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, the parade was themed “A Star-Spangled Holiday.”
“Today, December 7, 2013, we commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and we salute and remember the military men and woman who lost their lives that day as well as those who survived this infamous attack,” organizers stated in the parade booklet.
The “honorary” parade Grand Marshall was Eugene Lajeunesse, a United States Navy veteran who, at the age of 18, was aboard the USS Helena, a light cruiser that was docked at Pearl Harbor on the morning of the attack. Lajeunesse not only survived the Pearl Harbor attack, but also went on to serve in some of the biggest and most historic battles the Navy ever fought, including the battle of Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and the Korean War.
In case you missed it, here are a few sights from this year’s parade!
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