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Lula parades into holiday season
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Floats head through downtown Lula during the town’s annual Christmas parade. - photo by ELISE PERKINS

The sidewalks were full on Saturday as the city of Lula held its annual Christmas Parade.

Santa and Mrs. Clause made their debut in the parade this year, and ended the night in the newly opened Santa’s Workshop, greeting all the boys and girls.

For the last five years, the community has enjoyed the celebration called “Christmas in the Park,” which has brought together shops and residents of Lula for the festive season.

“The city has gone through a great deal of trouble to decorate the city and light it up,” said Chris Lusink, the president of the Lula Belton Historical Society, one of the many volunteers providing snacks, drinks and ornaments to take home and hang on the tree.

In addition to the trees and decorations around town, there is a special mailbox set up in the park, “Santa’s Mailbox” hand-painted on the side.

“The children write letters to Santa, put it in the mailbox and then Mrs. Clause answers the letters,” said Lusink.

There is no postage required on the letters that are checked regularly through the holiday.

Live music from various choirs in the area provided entertainment before the parade.

“We come every year, it’s like a tradition,” said Sharee Thomas, who attended the parade with her four children and husband, all of Lula. “Their favorite part is the hot chocolate and the parade.”

“We started at 4 p.m.,” Lusink said. “It’s all complimentary, all free. As a Merry Christmas to everyone.”

The Lula Belton Historical Society helped raise the funds for the new decorations found throughout the town.

“If you wait until the sun goes down you’ll see how beautiful the city looks, it’s all lit up.” Lusink said.

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