Christmas parade a Baldwin tradition

BALDWIN — Downtown was filled with festivity and holiday cheer on Saturday, as people of all ages gathered for the annual Christmas parade. 

Led by Lake County Undersheriff Mark Pietras, and followed by fire and emergency vehicles, local businesses and area groups, such as Lake County 4-H and MSU Extension, as well as a dog or two, the Christmas procession began at the courthouse, winding its way down Michigan Avenue.  

Carols rang out from loud speakers in the procession, adding to the Christmas spirit, and kids sprinted for candy which was being tossed left and right. 

Kids jumped up and down with excitement, waving, as Santa approached in a stately sleigh drawn by Clydesdale horses galloping down Michigan Avenue. 

The parade route ended at "Santa's Stop," Wenger Pavilion, where children got to visit Santa and Mrs. Santa, get their photo with the merry couple, and receive a gift. Kids also were treated to horse-drawn carriage rides through town on Santa's sleigh. 

People in the community gave a shout out to Lisa Poole-Woldring, who stepped up to make sure Baldwin's traditional Christmas parade continued, after the passing of LeeAnn Russsel a few months ago, who kept the tradition going for years.