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Posted: 12/05/12

Santa makes it to Romeo
to the delight of residents

Observer Special Writer
      Romeo Fire Department's Engine number 3 escorted a very important person to downtown Romeo last week Thursday<Santa.
       Santa, sitting in the backseat of the big yellow fire truck, brought up the rear of the Romeo Christmas Parade, which was held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29.
       Children and Santa fans of all ages lined Main Street to watch the 20 or so walking groups, lighted floats and the Romeo High School band pass by. But it was Santa who stole the show.
       "Hi Santa," yelled 4-year old Parker Cohoon, of Romeo, as he passed by.
       Cohoon was one of the many parade-goers who followed Santa from the parade route to the Village Park, where kids had a chance to share their wish list with him. Cohoon planned to ask Santa for a puppy, even though he knows it is unlikely he will get it.
       "I will ask him for a glass puppy to put on my desk instead," Cohoon said as he turned to his mom. "Are you sure I can't get a real one?"
       After receiving a key from Village President Mike Lee, Santa prompted the crowd to yell a loud, "Merry Christmas," so the lights on the tree in the Village Park would come on. A loud cheer followed as the tree glowed with red, green, yellow and blue lights. A lighted star on top of the tree lit up the night sky as a group of strolling carolers from All the World's a Stage roused the Christmas spirit even further and encouraged spectators to sing along. The Romeo Lions Club provided hot chocolate and cookies free of charge while the Masonic Temple provided a warming center for those with cold fingers and noses.
       The annual event was sponsored by the Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation Department and the Romeo Lions Club.

       Above, on the count of three, Santa prompted the crowd to yell, "Merry Christmas,"
       so the village tree would come alive with Christmas lights. Below top, Summer Earl, 8, of Romeo, had the chance to visit with Santa and tell him what she wants for Christmas this year. Below bottom, Pictured from left, Parker Cohoon, 4, Jaclyn Iafrate, 8, and MaCallah Cohoon, 8, all of Romeo, sat on the curb along Main Street anxiously waiting for the parade to begin.

(Observer photos by Debi Martone)

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