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December 4, 2012

2012 Christmas Parade was a huge success

Somerset —  

Somerset’s very own kick-off to the holiday season has been deemed a rousing success, thanks to a theme that strikes close to the heart for many and unseasonably warm temperatures.
“I believe it was probably one of the best (parades) I’ve ever seen,” said Lynda Evans, assistant to the executive director of the Downtown Somerset Development Corporation (DSDC). “There were lots of participants and lots of people there.” 
Saturday’s Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, and the ceremonial lighting of the downtown Christmas tree (made possible by the county government and Downtown Somerset Development Corporation) saw hundreds and hundreds of spectators who gathered in downtown Somerset to take part in the annual events. 
“This was the most exciting Christmas on the Square I have been a part of,” said Tiffany Bourne, Community Development Director for Pulaski County government. “The weather was beautiful and the crowd was amazing.”
This year’s theme, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas (A Tribute to the Troops),” was carried out in honor of those who may be spending Christmas on active duty and in harm’s way — and in celebration of those who were fortunate enough to return home to spend the holidays this year with family. 
“Of course, that kind of strikes close to home for anybody,” said Evans. 
The parade, sponsored by the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, featured about 70 units, many of them with participants who showed their support of soldiers and their families in keeping with this year’s military-inspired theme. 
And Santa Claus himself made an appearance by catching a ride with a local fire department — although his ample supply of treats was made scarce by the end of the route, thanks to the sheer number of eager kids who lined the streets of Somerset. 

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