Last updated: February 19. 2013 6:55PM -

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Hundreds lined almost three miles of Wyoming Avenue on a sunny afternoon last Sunday for the Second Annual West Side Santa Parade organized by the leaders of Wyoming and Forty Fort boroughs.

Children and adults of all ages sat along the normally busy thoroughfare in anticipation of Santa Claus's appearance.

More than 40 service vehicles and local first responders from several neighboring municipalities joined the fun, along with local businesses that provided decorated floats.

They all proceeded from Wyoming's First Street to the Memorial Park in Forty Fort, escorting Old Saint Nick for his adoring fans.

The parade serves as the official kick-off of the holiday season, said Wyoming Mayor Robert Boyer. Because of the success of last year's parade, both boroughs sought to continue this new tradition, Boyer said.

It's fun for everybody. It's a great family event, he said.

Parade participants used the occasion to strut their stuff in the holiday spirit. Representatives from King's College adorned one of the floats with holiday messages, and the Jeannie Zano Band provided a rolling musical display that trumpeted holiday tunes.

Mayor Boyer said one of the objectives of the parade is to help local businesses realize a boost during parade day and the upcoming shopping weeks.

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