CALEXICO n Thousands of Imperial Valley and Mexicali families took to downtown Calexico on Saturday for the 50th annual Calexico Christmas Parade.
"It's very pretty for the community, so they can all unite," said Yvonne Mendez de Gallegos of Mexicali.
She was watching the parade with her 2-year-old son, Noe.
Mendez has been coming to the parade since she was a child, when she came with her parents, and wants to pass on the tradition to her children.
The parade started about 10 a.m. in front of Apple Market-Super Shopping on Mary Avenue and Second Street.
The parade headed west on Second, then turned north on Rockwood Avenue. From Rockwood the parade headed east on Fourth Street past the Hotel De Anza.
In front of the hotel bands stopped and played for judging. After passing the hotel the parade ended at Rockwood Plaza in front near the Police Department.