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Parade kicks off holiday season

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

The Cumberland Gap High School Marching Panthers were on hand with some Christmas music.

Photos by Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

Religious floats, commercial floats, cars and tractors traveled through New Tazewell during the annual Christmas Parade.

Photos by Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

Religious floats, commercial floats, cars and tractors traveled through New Tazewell during the annual Christmas Parade.

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

A cloudy sky, wind and a few sprinkles of rain didn’t hamper the annual New Tazewell Merchants’ Association Christmas Parade, held Saturday. Numerous cars, tractors and floats traveled the parade route through the town and thousands of people gathered in lots of candy and souvenirs. This float by Nave Hill Missionary Baptist Church was the first place winner in the religious float category.

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

Santa, Mrs. Claus and some elves made their yearly appearance at the end of the parade.

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

The Harrogate Panthers Little League was represented in the annual Christmas Parade.

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

The Little League Football Claiborne Bulldogs had fun riding in the parade.

Marisa Anders | Claiborne Progress

The Claiborne High School Marching Band provided Christmas music along the parade route.