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Updated: 12/26/2017 02:05:45PM

Leisure Lakes boat

parade carries on in cold

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Santa was on his way to greet the residents awaiting his yearly boat visit during the Leisure Lakes boat parade.

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Erv Cliff's rig won "Best of Parade."

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Bill and Peggy Miller went from wet suits to Santa suits as parade marshals.

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Mary Thomas, umbrella in hand, awaited the parade of boats.

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Boaters greeted the shoreline crowd with hearty waves and good wishes for the season.

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The "Merry Christmas" pontoon heads for a trip around Lake Carrie.

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Boat parade judges Rick and Karen Fountain credit each boat for appearance, creativity and costumes.

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Boaters wave to the crowd on the shores.

By TOM MEISENHEIMER

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LAKE PLACID —There was no ice on Lake June or the canals for the 27th annual Leisure Lakes decorated boat parade. But the cold rainy weather added a taste of what it is like up north this time of year.

The chilly boaters arrived in their pontoons and boats all bundled up in their Christmas shirts. A Florida season low in the mid 50s greeted the participants but did not halt the Christmas spirit.

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