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30th annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade draws crowds to downtown Lawrence

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The all-horse Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade returned to downtown Lawrence Saturday, drawing spectators who lined Massachusetts Street and beyond to see all the sights.

Folks bundled up, and the parade was well attended despite cold and foggy weather.

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The parade included wagons, carriages and other various horse-drawn vehicles decorated for the holidays. It also featured riders wearing clothing ranging from fancy and festive holiday costumes to more traditional horseback gear.

This was the parade’s 30th year. The annual tradition began in 1993.

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