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Thousands attend the 84th Jaycees Christmas Parade


The holiday spirit is spreading quickly through Jefferson City. Downtown Jefferson City will transform into a winter wonderland. The city welcomes the holiday season with floats, bands, and possibly a guest appearance from Santa Claus.

"All the bands, all the sets, all the different people. I think it's really nice to come out and see that, and you get candy" said Corrie Scroggs. "I feel with the way they are doing everything this year. It's just nice invites the community out that allows everyone to go out and have a good time," added her co-worker Mike Mobley.

This year marks the 84th annual Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade extravaganza, and attendees have noticed a significant increase in turnout. State Representative for the 59th district, Rudy Veit, remarked, "This one is getting to be extremely, extremely large and popular, and if the weather holds out - the attendance, it's just amazing how many people show up."

The "Retro Christmas" themed parade started at 4:30 p.m, and cruised through downtown Jefferson City on High Street and then circling back down Capitol Avenue.

Instead of handing out candy and sweets treats to the fans. One set decided to put the stuff in stuffed animals for tonights festivities.

"Oh, my goodness. We spent a lot of time stuffing hippos. It's been quite the feed but we did this as a family...there's over 1,100 hippos on this float. We'll be giving out ll these little guys to the kids along the way." said Denis Pittman.

Here is the route the parade took Saturday evening, according to Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade Facebook Page.

The Jefferson City Police Department did not receive any emergency reports related to the parade, and Scott West, the owner of Scott's Towing, mentioned that their workload remained typical, with no additional tasks caused by the parade. However, he did observe an uptick in cars sliding on the road due to rain.

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Euphenie Andre

Outside of my reporting duties, I’m a Division 1 track star at the University of Missouri specializing in the triple jump. My achievements include earning a spot on two national teams, proudly representing the United States at both the NACAC U23 and Pan-American Games. While my ultimate goal is to become a sports reporter, I’m currently enjoying my role in local news for Mid-Missouri.


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