TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Downtown Topeka streets lit up with red and green lights for the annual Miracle on Kansas Avenue Christmas parade.
Families and friends cheered as they watched the lighting of the Christmas tree at 8th and Kansas Avenue-something that many families come to see every year.
"Because it's a Topeka tradition, something that's lasted for a long time," says Spencer Gibson.
Then, spectators lined the streets as fire flames and vehicles decorated in red and green Christmas lights lit up downtown Topeka for the Miracle on Kansas Avenue Christmas parade.
Children waved to Santa Clause, the Grinch, and even dogs! They say they enjoy the holiday spirit the parade brings.
"Seeing the reindeer on the boat," says 5-year-old Kylee Smith.
"Seeing Santa Clause," says 5-year-old Sarah Ortiz.
"It was awesome," says 11-year-old Jordan Bowers.
Emergency Management Coordinator, Jim Green, said this year's parade had the most floats he'd ever seen and putting the parade together took a lot of team work.
Green says there was enough holiday cheer to go around and it was a festive night in Topeka families will never forget.
"The Topeka community is a great place to live and it has one of the best Christmas parades ever," said Green.
Betty Lou Pardou also told 13 news that there was heightened security at the parade this year to ensure safety for all spectators.