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Tallahassee's Winter Festival celebration brings thousands to downtown

Hundreds of people stand along a street as floats and vehicles approach.
Lydell Rawls
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Onlookers watch as floats and vehicles drive by during the Nighttime Holiday Parade.

The City of Tallahassee held its Winterfest celebration Saturday night, Dec. 3. The event kicked off the community's official start of the year-end holiday season.

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey welcomed the crowd of thousands that lined Monroe Street.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I think this is the 36th year we have done this. I am looking at 1,300 runners getting ready to take off in less than 10 minutes," he announced.

But first, there was the ceremonial lighting of some 25,000 bulbs festooning the trees in the downtown parks. And then the countdown to the Jingle Bell Run began.

The event also included lots of family fun on "Candy Cane Lane" in McCarty Park, along with kid-friendly movies at Kleman Plaza, food trucks, several live music stages and the concluding Holiday Parade on Monroe Street.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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