Parade, Rescue Run Draws Crowds With Candies And A Good Cause

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topekans got to enjoy several big traditions around town with the annual Rescue Run and Miracle on Kansas Avenue parade both taking place downtown Saturday afternoon.

Some 200 floats wowed parade watchers, some with siren sounds, while others got crowds fired up with flaming visuals.

Parade watchers often had a favorite float and their way of showing it.

Tami Springer and her family, sitting in lawn chairs, rang cowbells for every float they liked.

"We have the cowbells because our niece is with the Chick Whips. She's a Roller Derby girl," she said, as she waited for her niece's float.

And everybody, it seemed, had a special reasons for coming out.

"I'm here with my mom. We wanted candy, so we came here," eight-year-old Luciana said.

It wasn't just the candy that brought the crowds downtown.

Carolers with Western Hills Church spread Christmas cheer by the Community Tree, which was lighted at 5:30 p.m. at the Westar Energy building on S. Kansas Avenue.

A treasured tradition had hundreds run for a good cause during the Topeka Rescue Missions 7th Annual Rescue Run.

More than 700 signed up to run or walk and together raised more than $28,500.

"All the money we raise actually goes to the Topeka Rescue Mission to help feed our homeless and hungry in our community," event director Janet Fitzgerald, a volunteer for the mission, said.

The final amount has yet to be tallied, but it's safe to say season's spirits were high.