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Sweet holiday rides
Parade draws hundreds to downtown Turlock
Christmas parade On Track
On Track Transitions and their colorful gingerbread and candy cane themed float won first place in the Theme category in Friday’s 43rd annual Turlock Christmas Parade (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).


Turlock Journal

Local dentists will be having a banner month following the 43rd annual Turlock Christmas Parade on Friday. The parade theme of Sweets & Treats saw gingerbread, candy canes, lollipops and edible delights galore fill Main Street as hundreds gathered to celebrate the season with this holiday tradition.

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The Off Road Renegades added holiday lights to their rugged vehicles for the parade (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

Among those watching the parade Friday were Amanda Moore, a Turlock native and secretary at Turlock Junior High School, and her mother Carla Hansen. These two set up their chairs on the corner of Canal and Oak streets. Three chairs, one for Amanda's son. Amanda's daughter was roaming the route with her friends.

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City of Turlock Municipal Services Department shows off their holiday spirit for the crowd (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

“I’ve been coming my whole life,” said Moore. “I love parades. I wish my kids loved them as much, but they come with me.”


Commercial: Entry #508 – Alegria Performing Arts Academy

Theme: Entry #405 – On Track Adult Transitions Program

Youth: Entry #516 – Turlock Youth Football

Antique: Entry #503 – Fagundes & Soares

Unique: Entry #527 – MJC Pirate Ship; Together we are MJC

Carla was born in the old Turlock hospital, about 20 yards where they were sitting.

“I haven’t made it very far in life,” Hansen quipped.

“We live just about 50 yards away, just around the corner from where we’re sitting,” added Moore.

Also along Canal Drive on Friday night was Rory Nix, 14, a Turlock High freshman. This is the sixth time she has participated in the parade. In past as a Girl Scout or a member of 4-H, this year representing Turlock High School FFA.

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Love Turlock showed its love with giant gingerbread men in the parade (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

“I like to see all my friends and hang out with them on the float,” she said. “I just love doing it.”

Rafael and Caley Campos had their two boys, ages 3 and 1, bundled up in blankets in a side-by-side two-seater stroller. The children seemed enthralled by all the activity. This is the second consecutive year that they’ve attended the parade.

“Once you start having little ones, you start to do more (parades).”

Rosie Schlenker comes to the parade every year. This year she had a child riding in the Sacred Heart School float and she decided to walk alongside.

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A giant cow and chicken help the Pitman High FFA celebrate Christmas during the parade Friday night (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

“All the floats and the families that get together … I love that Turlock has a small-town feel. All of us come together and talk and hang out … it gets us all in the Christmas spirit.”

The City of Turlock’s Recreation Department and the Turlock Firefighters Local 2434 will once again sponsored the parade that included 78 total entries made up of schools, community groups, businesses, scout troops and churches displaying their holiday spirit in the form of lights and wonder.