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Morning Sun
  • Pittsburg hosts holiday parade

  • Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends and for children to revel in the excitement of seeing Santa Claus. Pittsburg’s Christmas parade Monday night drew thousands of spectators from around Crawford County, as well as entrants from as far away as Joplin.

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  • Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends and for children to revel in the excitement of seeing Santa Claus. Pittsburg’s Christmas parade Monday night drew thousands of spectators from around Crawford County, as well as entrants from as far away as Joplin.
    Pittsburg residents Valarie and Shawn Edwards brought their 3-year-old daughter, Abigail, to downtown Pittsburg to introduce her to the Christmas spirit.
    “It’s a family tradition, and we do it every year,” Valarie said. “And she’s finally old enough to get candy.”
    Valarie and Shawn have been attending the parade as husband and wife for five years. But Valarie remembers parades from years ago.
    “I’ve been coming here with my family since I was her age,” she said, looking at her daughter as she gazed at oncoming fire trucks. “It’s always exciting, and we’re going to see Christmas lights and get hot chocolate afterward.”
    The parade had dozens of entries, including Pittsburg State University’s ROTC Gorilla Battalion military color guard, members of various law enforcement and emergency management agencies, American Legion riders, and local marching bands including the Joplin High School Pittsburg High School marching bands. The Pitt State Dance Club, The Show Me Stars Twirling Girls, Angels Among Us, as well as many other groups, also participated in the parade. It’s a spectacle Pittsburg resident Megan Fisher enjoys sharing with her 4-year-old son, Christian Krogen.
    “This is our second time coming to the parade,” said Fisher, a Harrisonville, Mo., native who graduated from PSU in 2011 and teaches for the Nevada, Mo., R-V School District. “He gets his candy and it’s good family fun and we have a good time.”
    Chicopee resident Shechinah Bennett brought her 9-year-old son, Brayten, and 3-year-old daughter, Braytlynn, to the parade with Steve Wood and his 7-year-old son, Brenton. The two own Steve’s Diesel Performance and figured their children were old enough to come this year.
    “I’m also looking forward to seeing the new $700,000 ladder truck the fire department has,” Steve said — he said his shop routinely works on the Pittsburg Police Department’s vehicles. “Even if it’s just being used to carry Santa.”
    Brayten said he likes the holiday because it’s a time of giving.
    “I like Christmas because it’s celebrating a birthday!” he said.
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