El Centro's 56th annual Los Vigilantes-Merchants Christmas Parade delighted crowds of families and individuals Saturday morning and marked one of the few times each year when no one thinks twice about seeing grown men and women walking down the middle of Main Street with red reindeer antlers on their heads.
The parade included some 120 participating organizations including schoolchildren, local businesses, service organizations and many more.
While the parade featured traditional images of Christmas and the requisite prancing horses and baton twirlers, this year's event also had patriotic elements. Consistent with the parade's theme "United We Stand," many participants held American flags along with their candy canes. Floats were just as likely to feature the Statue of Liberty as they were to carry a Christmas tree.
Standing at the intersection of Main and Eighth streets under a cloudless sky, David Corvera of Imperial was enjoying his seventh consecutive trip to the Christmas parade in El Centro. Along for the fun were his two sons, Zachary, 7, and Nicholas, 4.