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Updated: 12/13/2017 02:16:01PM

Poinsettia Parade kicks off Christmas season

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For several years, Quality TV in North Port sponsored the city's Poinsettia Parade which this year was along Sumter Boulevard and ended at North Port City Hall with a tree ligthing ceremony and festival that followed.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

For several years, Quality TV in North Port sponsored the city's Poinsettia Parade which this year was along Sumter Boulevard and ended at North Port City Hall with a tree ligthing ceremony and festival that followed.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

Melinda Hanks throws out candy with her husband North Port City Commissioner Chris Hanks at the parade.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

North Port City Commissioner Jill Luke laughs as she passes out candy as an elf. Luke is well-known for her varity of costumes for all occassions.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

Members of Military Women Across the Nation Gulf Coast Unit 56 walk in the parade.The organization's goal is to encourage patriotism, loyalty, and devotion to God, country and family for each member to help one another and her community, state, and nation. Formerly known as WAVES National, the group revitalized to keep up with the changing military environment.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

North Port City Commissioner Debbie McDowell hands out candy along the parade route.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 254 President Rhonda Brown-Wheat waves to the crowd. The group recently held a party for dozens of children in North Port and gave them gifts and a visit with Santa.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

Hundreds of children including Boy Scouts were part of the parade, some performed and others rode in floats. Many were bundled up for the sudden drop in temperature Saturday night.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

Members of the North Port High School Alliance Marching Band play holiday music.

SUN PHOTO BY CHEYENNE EMRICH

North Port High School cheerleaders show their holiday spirit,

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North Port Gynmastics students enjoy the parade.

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Members of Living Waters Lutheran Church remember the reason for the season.

By Manny Rea

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NORTH PORT — The holiday season has kicked into full gear after North Port residents gathered for the annual Poinsettia Parade Dec. 9 at the City Center Campus in front of City Hall.

Under a brisk atmosphere, the parade was followed by a variety of food and other vendors as festivities played out in the center of it all. There was something for everyone; children played in bounce houses and with laser tag while live bands performed to entertain all ages.

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