The lights of the floats in the 34th annual Eagles Christmas Parade in Greenfield illuminated a dense fog that settled on the village Saturday night, probably not unlike how Rudolph’s nose lights the way as he leads Santa’s sleigh on a wintry night.
While organizer Mike Stafford with the Greenfield Eagles isn’t quite sure about an exact number of entries in the annual parade, he’s estimating it to have been close to 30.
Along the parade route as the procession moved east on Jefferson Street the sharp edges of street lights and car lights and lights from signs was tremendously dulled by the fog, but it lent a stillness to the night that lighted floats seemed made for.
The sounds of bells jingling, children laughing, and carols being sung filled the foggy night air as the parade made its way to downtown Greenfield.
The entries were judged as they rounded onto Washington Street, where Corner Pharmacy took first place, the Eagles took second place, and the Adena Greenfield Medical Center entry got third place., Stafford said.
Martha Gregg was grand marshal of the parade and Eric Zint the honorary grand marshal. Pageants held by the Eagles Women’s Auxiliary prior to the parade night saw the choosing of parade royalty, this year represented by prince Emery Anderson, princess Seairra Johnson, queen Claire Houck, and king Christopher Houck.
Santa sat up shop in the old firehouse on North Washington Street and met with about 140 children after the parade, Stafford said. Each child had the opportunity to visit with Santa and tell the jolly elf what they wanted for Christmas.
“It was a very enjoyable parade,” Stafford said. “Thanks to all that came out and participated.”
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