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      Jefferson City Christmas Parade

      It was a Capital City Christmas as hundreds turned out for the annual Jaycees Christmas parade.

      For some it was a chance to strut their stuff. For others, a chance to get into the holiday spirit.

      "I just like to see everybody and see what's going on," said Patricia Dohmen.

      This year's theme was "Christmas Traditions."

      Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Jefferson City to catch a glimpse. This year's parade featured 110 floats, represented by local schools, churches and businesses.

      "I like all the different kids programs that are in it," said Staci Pickett. "It's nice to see them out, and the bands."

      Marching bands from Lincoln University and area high schools, including Linn and Jefferson City, made their way through downtown as firefighters and other volunteers handed out candy.

      With Jack Frost nipping, some wore blankets to keep warm.

      Miss Missouri, Sheriff Greg White, even the grinch stopped to wave to the crowds.

      The grand finale came with heavy fanfare. Following a fire truck motorcade, Santa Claus himself waved hello and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

      It's an early preview from the big guy, who's got 20 more days until the real thing.