Steady winds and the risk of light drizzle weren't enough to deter thousands of people from crowding downtown Santa Maria Saturday night, filling the streets with Christmas cheer and holiday spirit for the city's annual Parade of Lights. From businesses and non-profits to clubs, schools and city departments, 104 entries paraded from Broadway and Stowell Road, rounded the corner and disappeared into the Santa Maria Town Center. Now in its 24th year, the two-hour event is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria and Nipomo, the Santa Maria Times and KCOY.
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