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      Menominee holds annual Christmas parade

      Menominee County residents gathered for the annual Christmas parade. This year, the parade had a few additions.

      "We've got the Marinette band in this year's parade which is going to be exciting. We've got the First Street Dance group that is going to be performing, also, so that's really going to be cool," says Jim Davis, the parade director.

      Approximately 15 groups participated, including schools and local businesses.

      The parade is celebrating their fifth year, with the number of spectators increasing annually. Officials hope a few hundred people will attend to ring in the Christmas season.

      â??It's a really good thing to do to show everyone's commitment to the holiday of Christmas. And I think it's really, really cool," says 12-year-old Samuel Fernstrum.

      The parade route ended with the tree lighting ceremony and the crowning of the new Grand Marshall for 2014.

      The night was filled with fun for the whole family. Each generation enjoys a different aspect.

      Andrea Fernstrum, a fourth grader from Menominee Catholic Central, says, "I think the favorite part is definitely every kid's favorite part, the candy, 'cause you know candy tastes good."

      To kick off the downtown holiday open house, free horse and carriage rides will be available through the weekend.