MOUNT VERNON — It was packed with people along South Main Street in anticipation of the start of Sunday’s Christmas Parade with Grand Marshal Chuck Strickler, news anchor for WBNS 10TV, and Santa Claus.
“I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to look up South Main Street and see so many people,” said Kay Culbertson, Mount Vernon News publisher. “It was wall-to-wall people.”
Residents of Mount Vernon and Knox County took time out from shopping and enjoying the many attractions of the 2010 Christmas Walk to enjoy the people and entries of the parade, not to mention all the candy.
Main Street wasn’t the only area of downtown Mount Vernon overflowing with people. More than 100 entries filled the staging area at United Precast Inc. waiting for the parade’s kick-off at 2:30 p.m.
The Walhonding Rube Band entertained the entries with holiday tunes as they practiced. Santa and Mrs. Claus watched as the members of Auxiliary Creations practiced their routine. Animal owners groomed their horses, dogs and llamas, and groups put the finishing touches on their entries.