Everybody loves a parade: Crowd gathers to welcome holidays in Front Royal

Santa Paws took a break from his busy holiday schedule to make an appearance at this year's Front Royal Christmas parade. Ashley Miller/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – The Christmas season is officially in full swing. On Saturday, the town and Warren County celebrated with the annual holiday parade.

Paradegoers lined the streets to see Warren County and Skyline High Schools’ marching bands, floats from community businesses, civic and church groups, and Miss Warren County. Front Royal Mascots and Girl Scout Troops 14005 and 14027 tossed out candy while even the four-legged dressed up in their holiday best.

The holiday celebration started with Mayor Hollis Tharpe lighting the town Christmas tree and Main Street lights.

Jackie Pomeroy, of Strasburg, has been coming to the annual Christmas parade for as long as she can remember.

“It’s a way to support the town but also get into the holiday spirit,” she said.

Jorge Mitke, 17, marches and performs during the parade. Ashley Miller/Daily

Schools mates Fiona Richhio, 10, of Linden, and Zoey Powell, 8 of Front Royal, stood on Main Street cheering on their friends while patiently waiting to see Santa on the red firetruck.

“I have two brothers in the parade. So I’m here supporting them,” said Fiona.

Zoey added, “And I’m just here to see all my friends.”

Hundreds of children emerged from the crowds when the call for Santa Claus was heard. Cheers could be heard as the jolly fellow and his wife rode past.

This year’s parade was sponsored by the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

Rachel Costello, Miss Warren County 2017, greets paradegoers on Chester Street. Ashley Miller/Daily

Leorah Ammons, 16, Alex Lalumondiere, 15, and Erica Reviesinger, 15, all students at Skyline High School, perform holiday tunes before Santa's arrival. Ashley Miller/ Daily

Fiona Ricchio, 10, of Linden, left, and Zoey Powell, 8, of Front Royal, enjoy each other's company during the parade. Ashley Miller/Daily