Christmas spirit lives on, as downtown Merced holds ‘reverse parade’ down Main Street

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Main Street was full of smiles, cheer and Christmas spirit on Saturday night as Merced held its Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parade organizers improvised for a second year and opted for a drive-through parade.

There were displays, performances and floats lined up on both sides of Main Street as parade-goers drove through downtown Merced in their vehicles.

People were treated to displays set up by first responders, car clubs, youth dance groups. local businesses and clubs. There was also a variety of Christmas music as viewers drove past the different displays.

Main Street was lit up with a dazzling display of lights, plus Santa Claus was on hand to wave to people as their cars passed by Bob Hart Square.

Mom Hugs was one of the many displays and floats lined up on Main Street for Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
Mom Hugs was one of the many displays and floats lined up on Main Street for Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
People drove down Main Street to enjoy Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
People drove down Main Street to enjoy Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
Merced Cub Scouts were one of the many displays set up along Main Street for Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
Merced Cub Scouts were one of the many displays set up along Main Street for Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
Santa Claus was stationed in front of Bob Hart Square during Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
Santa Claus was stationed in front of Bob Hart Square during Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
“The Grinch” waves as cars drive by during Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
“The Grinch” waves as cars drive by during Merced’s Christmas Tree Lane “reverse parade” on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 in Merced, Calif.
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