60th Holiday Parade: 'that about sums it up ... Christmas spirit'

60th Holiday Parade: 'that about sums it up ... Christmas spirit'

SPRINGFIELD, Oregon -- Springfield kicked off the holiday season with their 60th annual Christmas Parade.

Some call the parade the coldest and oldest in Oregon. In spite of the cool temperatures and gray skies, thousands lined the streets of Springfield to soak up some holiday spirit.

For many people, the parade marks the start of the holidays. Karl Logan and his family make an annual trek from Deadwood, Ore. each year to see the parade.

"For us it's one of our traditions. It's the kick off for the holiday season." Logan said

A part of that tradition is bundling up to help combat the chilly weather. Since his first Christmas Parade Logan said that he learned to come prepared.

"Blankets, umbrellas, we have our chairs. Whatever it takes ... gotta stay warm!" Logan said.

While some see the parade as a start to the holidays, others find it helps them through the season.

Each Christmas Parade Jerry Morris walks the parade route with his family, selling mistletoe to spectators.

"It helps buy Christmas presents for the kids," said Morris. "I hate to go into Christmas and the new year in deficit."

Since its start in 1953, the Springfield Christmas Parade has been helping people look past the dreariness of the season, and start feeling the cheer that accompanies the season.

"I think everyone wants hope ... hope for a new year. Hope for a better year." said Morris. "I think that about sums it up ... Christmas spirit."