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Twirling batons and flying candy: Thanksgiving parade a hit for families

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SILVER SPRING, Md.– On a pleasant fall morning under mostly cloudy skies, several thousand spectators lined the streets in downtown Silver Spring to celebrate the coming holiday season.

Groups, volunteer organizations and small businesses from around Montgomery County marched through the city on floats and convertibles Saturday during the annual Thanksgiving parade.

Several high school marching bands, including Springbrook, Blake, Clarksburg, Einstein and Kennedy High Schools, provided musical entertainment, playing both fight songs and popular hits. World Baton Twirling junior champion Laney Puhalla of Bowie wowed the crowd with her acrobatic performance, unfazed by the chilly weather.

“The dancers are my favorite,” said Silver Spring resident Alanna Sobel, 34, as she watched from outside a cafe on Georgia Avenue. She was referring to the troupes that performed traditional Bolivian and Peruvian dance in colorful costumes.

Photo by Dan Novak.

Dozens of local Girl and Boy Scout troops also marched, throwing handfuls of candy to excited onlookers.

“Just about every kid in the area has a chance to be in the parade,” said Eric Hummert, 49, of Silver Spring. He and his family attend the parade every year, although his children decided not to participate this time around.

“It’s not as big a deal for them as it was when I was growing up,” Hummert said.

Several local politicians, including County Executive-elect Mark Elrich, Council member-elects Will Jawando and Evan Glass and Sen. Chris Van Hollen.

“The politicians were first, so we got them out the way,” Sobel joked.

The parade was televised live on News Channel 8 and will be rerun on Thanksgiving Day.

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