The fourteenth annual Sayre Christmas Parade traveled the streets of downtown Sayre again Friday night, ending with a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus at Howard Elmer Park.

Over 50 organizations, including marching bands, church groups, local businesses and fire departments, took part in this year's parade, according to the Sayre Christmas Parade Committee. This year's parade was presented by First Citizens Community Bank.

The parade kicked off near Sayre High School and traveled down Lockhart Street and Desmond Street, looping around onto West Packer Avenue and ending at the park.

Santa, joined by his trusty reindeer, hitched a ride atop Engine Company No. 1's truck at the back of the parade. Afterward, the engine dropped Santa off at Howard Elmer Park, where he sat under a tent and met with a long line of children, listening to their Christmas wishes and giving each a gift.

Borough mayor Denny Thomas kicked off the parade Friday as this year's grand marshal. Other dignitaries joining the festivities included members of the borough council, state Sen. Gene Yaw, state Rep. Tina Pickett and county commissioners Daryl Miller and Doug McLinko.

The parade also included performances from the Sayre High School Marching Redskins, the Athens Area High School Marching Wildcat Band, the Penn-York Highlanders, the Pat Haggerty Dancers and the Kirby Band of Nichols.

Awards were given to participants for best decorated emergency vehicle, best in show, best holiday theme, most unique float and best musical performance.

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