By ROXANN MILLER
7:06 PM EST, November 17, 2012
It was a beautiful November day for both the Greencastle and Waynesboro Christmas Parades on Saturday.
Scarves, mittens and warm coats were the dress of choice for the 27th annual Christmas parade, sponsored by VerStandig Broadcasting, in downtown Greencastle on Saturday at 9:21 a.m.
Thousands lined the Greencastle parade route from E. Baltimore Street onto the square and down S. Carlisle Street to watch bands, floats and costumed characters spread holiday merriment.
“They’re coming,” said a child alerting the crowd that the festivities were about to begin.
Greencastle police chief John Phillippy opened the parade followed by the Greencastle-Antrim High School Blue Devil marching band playing a variety of holiday favorites.
Parade grand marshal Hannah Jo Downin, Greencastle-Antrim kindergarten student, channeled her inner Santa by sporting a festive, red Santa-style ensemble.
Three-year-old twins Will and Leah Yost of Waynesboro and their little sister 2-year-old Claire placed their tiny lawn chairs near the square so they wouldn’t miss a minute of the parade.
“I like the parade,” said Will who was bundled up in his winter finery, while his twin sister was impressed with the balloon and novelty vendors that walked up and down the parade selling their wares.
Baby-sitter Becca Angle took the Yost children to the parade to get into the spirit of the season.
“I wanted them to experience the magic of the parade and see all the bands and dancers,” she said. “They really seem to like it.”
Lori Penrod of Greencastle and her husband Barry never miss a Greencastle Christmas Parade.
This year they brought Harley, their rescue pooch — who was content to watch the parade and enjoy the pats of attention from the children.
“I like the small town. I grew up in Greencastle and he (husband Barry) grew up in Mercersburg,” Lori Penrod said.
“My girlfriend is here with her kids. I just like the community coming together,” she said.
Jessica Jacobs, Chambersburg, Pa., tucked her tiny dog Mistletoe inside her fleece top to keep the pup warm.
But, with a Christmas name like Mistletoe, the little dog couldn’t miss one of the biggest events of the holiday season, she said.
While the Jacobs family hoped to hop from the Greencastle parade to the Waynesboro parade in the afternoon and then round out their evening at the Chambersburg Parade, Jessica had other ideas. She was planning to see the final installment of "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" on Saturday evening with several friends.
At 2 p.m., the streets of downtown Waynesboro, Pa., were filled with eager parade-goers ready to see the sights of the 56th Annual Waynesboro Christmas Parade.
Everyone claimed their vantage points along Main Street as a Waynesboro police cruiser opened the parade leading the way for the bands, floats, and dancers entertaining the hundreds lining Pa. 16.
Even the Grinch got into the spirit of the day sporting a red Santa Claus costume.
The crowd cheered when the Waynesboro High School band marched down the street playing Christmas tunes.
Antler-wearing parade participants tossed candy to eager children and even some adults waiting with eager anticipation.
It was all about the candy for Robbie Auman, 9, of Shippensburg, who scrambled to gather as much candy as he could.
“If you get any candy, give it to me,” Robbie said to his mother.
Robbie’s mother Virginia brought her children — Robbie and Benjamin, 1 — to help usher in the holiday season.
This was the first year that Benjamin attended a Christmas Parade, and he bounced his legs up and down to the beat of a Christmas song.
Emergency vehicles, classic cars, dancing snowmen, girl scouts dressed like gift-wrapped packages and riders on horses decked out in Christmas decorations delighted the crowd.
Wearing tiny angel wings, the Seeing Eye Puppy Club puppies, melted the hearts of the crowd.
Antrim Faith Baptist Church reminded everyone of the true meaning of the season with its nativity scene.
Dancers from Clarissa’s School of Performing Arts, dressed like toy soldiers, tapped their way down the parade route wowing the crowd with their spot on tribute to the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Santa Claus did double duty, ending both the Greencastle and Waynesboro parades to the squeals of delight of the children.
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