Neither cold nor wind deterred Glendale resident Pamela Rowles and her family from securing front-row seats at the Montrose Christmas Parade, where they staked out their position on Honolulu Avenue three hours early Saturday.
“We love this area, we love the people, we love the community,” Rowles said. “We come out and see Santa every year.”
She was surrounded by thousands of like-minded people who descended on the shopping park to kick off the Christmas season in traditional Montrose fashion.
The 35th annual parade featured 147 entries, including 25 horses, 11 marching bands, 700 Scouts and eight wolves, brought in by the animal rescue foundation Shadowland. Jack and Helen Nethercutt, whose family founded the Merle Norman cosmetics company and who chairs the Sylmar-based Nethercutt Collection, among other philanthropic efforts, served as grand marshals.
The event was televised live on the International Christian Family Network, and streamed live on its namesake website, www.
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