MONTROSE — While more than 100 entries made their way down Honolulu Avenue on Saturday evening, most families in attendance were waiting to see one particular participant.
"We want to see Santa fly over," said La Crescenta resident Andrea Cabalo who sat with her 6-year-old son Nicholas.
The Cabalo family joined thousands of people who lined Honolulu Avenue between Verdugo Road and Rosemont Avenue for the 34th annual Montrose Christmas Parade.
"It's an absolutely wonderful tradition — a great way to start the Christmas season," Cabalo said.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, Nicholas Cabalo and hundreds of other children got what they were waiting for when Santa Claus flew over the parade route in a helicopter — a highlight of the annual event.
Seven-year-old Brigitte Morgan, who came from Sherman Oaks for the parade, also said she was most excited to see Santa Claus up close and personal.
"Because I've always wanted my friend Olivia to believe in him," she said.