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Families pour into Hamilton to see Santa Claus

Thousands of people lined the streets of Hamilton last night, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the man in red himself Santa Claus.

Crowds of adults and children filled the sidewalks as the annual Santa Claus Parade made it's way through the city.

Dozens of floats and hundreds of people, including majorettes, dancers and Gombeys, took part in this year's festivities.

Even the cast of this year's pantomime, Cinderella, joined in the fun with Cinderella and Prince Charming waving at the crowd from a car.

Music could be heard throughout Hamilton as the parade progressed, ranging from traditional Christmas music to tunes by the Black Eyed Peas, and the smell of food from the vendors filled the air.

Mother-of-two Erika Wood praised the numerous dance troupes taking part in this year's parade, saying: “I think this is some of the best I have seen at the Santa Parade.

“The costumes are wonderful and creative. I think they have outdone themselves this year.”

Annette Boyle said she has gone to the parade for more than a decade, even taking part in a few when she was younger.

“Every time I see it, I remember how much fun it was,” she said. “Then I remember how much work went into it all. It's not as bad as Bermuda Day, but it can be exhausting.”

Aja Williams, 11, said she enjoyed the parade, but wished it would move a little quicker.

Watching as a MarketPlace float covered with white Christmas lights passed, she said: “I think the lights are really pretty, but everyone's going slowly.”

The Bermuda Road Safety Council hosted a Front Street Photo Booth, offering passers-by a free picture to help remind people to think about their families before driving.

A spokeswoman said that the booth was a success, with around 80 families taking part before the parade was halfway through.

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Thousands of people gathered in the City Of Hamiilton Sunday evening to catch a glimpse of the spectacle, which is, the ever growing annual Santa Claus Parade

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Published November 28, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated November 28, 2011 at 9:14 am)

Families pour into Hamilton to see Santa Claus

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