Atlantans Battle Freezing Temps to See Santa

Despite the cold, thousands lined the streets of Midtown Atlanta for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas parade with Auburn and Missouri fans amongst the participants.

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Santa and Mrs. Claus closed out the hour-long parade in a one-horse open sleigh. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Super heroes like Mighty Mouse, Superman, Ironman and Aquaman kept the peace. 

The streets of Midtown Atlanta were jam packed Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, with the cold but cheerful as the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas parade rolled down Peachtree Street. Volunteers and high school marching bands began gathering around 9 a.m. at the Arts Center MARTA station at 16th Street for the procession’s 10:30 a.m. kick off. The parade ended downtown at 5th Street. 

The celebration included giant balloon characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Angry Birds, Smurfette, Bob the Builder, Frosty the Snowman, the Macy's Pink Pig, the crowd-pleasing Mighty Mouse with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer marking the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Mr. and Mrs. December arrived in style in a one-horse open sleigh. Etowah High School and Milton High School were among the marching bands providing entertainment. There were also participants of the four-legged variety that included a contingent of Labrador retrievers, mounted horses and in a show of total randomness, a pack of llamas.

Temperatures were well below 40 and the High Museum provided free hot chocolate while others huddled with the family dog for warmth. Both Auburn and Missouri fans were spotted lining the parade route in Tiger gear prior to their battle for the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome. 

Scenes from a Christmas Parade

Photo by: Holly Aguirre This year's parade featured high school marching bands, baton twirlers, a parade of service animals, horses, giant balloon characters and other various participants. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Behind this Angry Bird is some of Atlanta's most impressive architecture, the Museum of Design and Art and the Reed House. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre A close-up of the always-popular Mighty Mouse balloon. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Marching bands played Christmas tunes such as "Silent Night" and "Little Drummer Boy." 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Seated along Peachtree Street in front of the High Museum, this family from Roswell, Ga. enjoyed the parade along with some furry friends. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre No Atlanta parade would be complete without the random appearance of Storm Troopers. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Everyone loved seeing the parade of golden service dogs. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre This year's parade featured high school marching bands, baton twirlers, a parade of service animals, horses, giant balloon characters and other various participants. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Vintage cars were decorated with holiday garb. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre This year's parade featured high school marching bands, baton twirlers, a parade of service animals, horses, giant balloon characters and other various participants. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Some Atlantans manage to make a parade no matter where they go.

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Clifford marched past the Museum of Design and Art with a big red smile on his face. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre A giant Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer escorted Santa and Mrs. Claus down Peachtree Street. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Santa and Mrs. Claus closed out the hour-long parade in a one-horse open sleigh. 



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