Hemet Christmas Parade braves the rain

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The Dartmouth Middle School cheer team help welcome Santa Claus to parade goers as the annual Hemet Christmas Parade took over Florida Avenue for several hours. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
Diane A. Rhodes Writer HEMET – Rainy weather did not keep hundreds of spectators from lining Florida Avenue Saturday, Dec. 7, to watch the annual Hemet Christmas Parade. The 90-minute parade consisted of 110 entries that included marching bands, dignitaries and youth groups as well as some local businesses, clubs and nonprofits. With a “March of the Toys” theme, many recognizable characters made their way along the 1.2 mile westbound parade route to the delight of children of all ages. Grand Marshal Kat Waters is the current president of the Assistance League of Hemacinto. The nonprofit celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. “All volunteers operat
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