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Wilkes-Barre’s Christmas Parade returns after COVID-19 hiatus

Thousands flocked downtown, as Santa’s sleigh made its way down South Main Street and around Public Square.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The sights and sounds of the holiday season returned to the town of Wilkes-Barre after being absent for two years in a row.

Celebrations were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, many people were excited to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.

“I love this parade, so it’s great to be outside again and see all these people seeing Santa Claus. This parade is amazing,” said Dallas Fernandes of Wilkes-Barre.

“We missed it so they were excited to come out and see Santa coming,” said Kingston’s Donna Vazques.

Thousands flocked downtown, as Santa’s sleigh made its way down South Main Street and around Public Square.

“I love coming down for all the candy and spending time with others,” said one participant.

Unlike last year, the Wilkes-Barre Christmas Parade is the only major parade to leave this holiday season, as Scranton’s Santa Parade was canceled for its second year.

Brynn Kovalick of Dallas has been coming to the Wilkes gritty Christmas parade for over seven years.

She says this year it feels like everything is back to normal.

“It feels good to come here to begin with and not be covered in masks and have a normal Christmas. Even if it’s for Thanksgiving, but just to feel normal again,” said Brynn Kovalick.

The last stop was for the Christmas tree in the public square, where city officials and Santa Claus counted down and turned on the lights to signify the start of the holiday season.

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