Cleveland celebrates holidays with Hometown Christmas parade, shopping market

Santa and Mrs. Claus ride atop a Cleveland fire truck in the Hometown Christmas parade on Dec. 1, 2018, in Cleveland.

Hometown Christmas, a two-day holiday event that includes a shopping extravaganza and lighted parade, was held Nov. 30-Dec. 1. 

The event is hosted each year by the Unity Committee of Cleveland and the City of Cleveland.

The plan this year was to honor Alfred Anderson as grand marshal of the Hometown Christmas parade. When Anderson died unexpectedly on Nov. 5, the parade was left without a marshal. Instead of looking for a new grand marshal, it was decided that Anderson would still be honored. His family members rode in a pickup that carried a banner with a tribute to Anderson and his employees followed on a brightly-decorated float. 

Here are other highlights from the parade: 

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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