'Best turnout ever' at Langley City Christmas parade
In woolly hats and mittens weather, between 5,000 and 6,000 people watched the Magic of Christmas parade on Saturday evening.
With almost 50 floats, the parade took longer to wind its way several blocks along Fraser Highway from 203 Street before the floats dissipated and crowds gathered at Douglas Park for more fun and entertainment.
In some areas along the route crowds stood five deep, applauding as the 48 floats passed by.
“It was by far the best turnout,” said Teri James of the Downtown Langley Business Association, which sponsored the event.
Although it was cold, the night was clear and bright, and that helped boost the turnout, James said. The DLBA also turned to social media such as Facebook to spread the word about the event, the eighth the organization has sponsored.
“It was a perfect night,” James said, adding that comments from spectators were positive.
The event in Douglas Park that followed the parade was re-organized so that activities were centered outdoors. An ice sculpture, entertainment from the First Capital Chorus, Payton Rector and others on the Spirit Square stage and the lighting of the Christmas tree by Santa were among the highlights.