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Old St. Nick

They lined up early, waiting to see bands, floats and finally, Old St.

Tuesday, November 28, 2000

They lined up early, waiting to see bands, floats and finally, Old St. Nick himself.

"We just live up the street, so we walked over here," said Barbara Townsend.

Mrs. Townsend and her son, Caden, 3, were two of the first people lined up to see the Ironton Christmas Parade, sponsored annually by the Ironton Business Association.

They were just two of hundreds who braved the Monday’s cool night to watch the fire trucks, band leaders, horse-drawn carriages and all the other delights of the parade.

Three-year-old Timmy Boggs and his mother, April, of Hanging Rock came to the parade an hour early.

"My son Timmy is waiting to see ‘Ho-Ho.’" Mrs. Boggs said.

Timmy held a dollar in his hand while waiting. He wanted to give it to Santa in exchange for a candy cane.

IBA co-president Lou Pyles said the group tries each year to organize a parade that is children oriented and full of excitement.

It was very well attended this year, Mrs. Pyles said.

More than 200 people participated in the parade, led by grand marshal Tommy Tipton.