Annual Tulsa Christmas parade rolls through

TULSA -- Not quite dashing through the snow, but thousands of people filled downtown with holiday spirit as they watched floats designed as classic holiday stories roll through the streets.

"Every year we come down to the Christmas parade, I wanted to make sure they start their tradition so I brought them as well," said Gwynette Chaney who brought her family to the parade.

Dozens of floats weaved through, each self-propelled with a driver inside instead of outside in a truck. This brings back the older feel of the parades back in the 1970's.

Speaking of old days, the start time was pushed up during the day, which got mixed reviews from the crowd.

"I wasn't really pleased with it starting in the day, we like to see at nighttime it brings that ambiance you know, but whatever time they present it is when we'll be there," said Chaney.

"You can see stuff way better especially when it's not raining," said Linkon Carroll who attended the parade with his family.

Organizers hoped pushing the parade time earlier would drive up attendance and make it easier for families.

Tulsa police officers scanned the crowd on higher buildings, making sure the only thing families had to worry about was deciding their favorite part about the parade.

"I like the cars, I'm really into sports cars like Porsches and Ferraris," said Carroll.

"My favorite part is seeing all the different people participating and everybody enjoying themselves, it brings about hope," said Chaney.

This Christmas tradition has been rolling through Tulsa since 1926.

"I really enjoy the Christmas parade and if you couldn't make it this year try to make it out next year," said Carroll.

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