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Holidaze parade ushers in holiday season Saturday in downtown Willmar

Erica Dischino / Tribune Two-year-old Harper Luberts rides a toy horse decorated with lights while her mother, Jen Luberts, helps her stay upright at the annual Holidaze parade Saturday in downtown Willmar. The horses were a part of First Presbyterian Church’s float display. 1 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Snoopy stands on the Heritage Bank float Saturday at the annual Holidaze parade in downtown Willmar.2 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Mason Jensen, from left, Garrett Swenson and Waverley Rogers share a blanket to keep warm at the annual Holidaze parade Saturday in downtown Willmar.3 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune New London royalty Amanda Rupp, from left, Georgia Wachtler and Suzanne Schneider participate in 2017 Holidaze parade Saturday in downtown Willmar. The New London trio was gathering Toys for Tots donations during the parade to support the toy donation cause. 4 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Members of the Willmar Ambulance crew drive a float to promote their annual Toy Drive Saturday at the 2017 Holidaze parade in downtown Willmar. The parade featured floats from different groups, businesses and organizations throughout the area. 5 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Community members gathered downtown on Fifth Street southwest Saturday for the annual Holidaze parade to usher in the holiday season in Willmar. The parade featured floats from different groups, businesses and organizations across the area.6 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Jolene Borka, from left, 6-year-old Laila Borka, and Gene Borka bundle under a blanket Saturday to watch the annual Holidaze parade in downtown Willmar. The parade ushers in the holiday season and features floats from different groups, businesses and organizations throughout the area. 7 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Bailey, left, and Buckshot, dressed in holiday bows, peer out the window of the Lu Lu Beans Coffee Shop ride at the 2017 Holidaze parade Saturday in Willmar. 8 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Savannah Knudsen watches the 2017 Holidaze parade Saturday from inside the Willmar Regional Access Channels building on Litchfield Avenue in downtown Willmar. Knudsen and her friends Paige Olson and Emerson Schwartz decided to watch the parade from inside to keep warm. 9 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Willmar Senior High School’s Nordic Ski athletes roller skate Saturday at the annual Holidaze parade in downtown Willmar. 10 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Adam Fagerstrom, left, and Nicole Fagerstrom are kept warm by their dog, Bella, at the 2017 Holidaze parade Saturday in downtown Willmar.11 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Children sit on the LuLu Beans Coffee Shop float waiting to greet the crowd Saturday at the annual Holidaze parade in downtown Willmar.12 / 13
Erica Dischino / Tribune Queen Rachel Erickson, from left, First Princess Anna Void, Second Princess Alyssa Boysen, Junior Queen Kileigh Wilmes and Junior Princess Olivia MacDonald wave to the crowd Saturday from the Glenwood Waterama float at the 2017 Holidaze parade in downtown Willmar. 13 / 13

WILLMAR — Hundreds of people braved the cold winds Saturday evening to gather in downtown Willmar for the annual Holidaze parade, designed to usher in the 2017 holiday season.

The parade featured floats from different groups, businesses and organizations across the area. The evening celebration also included kids' games, a petting zoo, photos with Santa and more.

Erica Dischino

Erica Dischino is the photographer for the West Central Tribune. Hailing from northern New Jersey, she graduated from Ithaca College in central New York with a bachelors in Journalism and Photography. Follow her on Instagram.

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