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Fun in the cold for Camilla Parade

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

CAMILLA,  GA (WALB) –  Temperatures throughout south Georgia are already down around freezing right now and will fall into the low 20s Tuesday night just a few degrees from a record low.

But early taste of winter didn't keep people from enjoying the annual Christmas parade in Camilla.  

People in Camilla had a choice to make. Stay warm or see Santa ride in on a fire truck. They chose St. Nick.

"They love the whole spirit of Christmas," said Nicole Helton who brought four little ones to the Camilla Christmas Parade. Of course they bundled up from head to toe.

"I have on two shirts under this," said one little boy.  When the parade rolled through downtown temperatures were in the low 40's and dropping quickly. One kid must have not checked the forecast as he watched the parade in a T-shirt.

Of course there were those who just couldn't handle it. We found Helen Jackson sitting in her car nice and comfy with the heat on.

"I can see good from here! It's just too cold tonight!" she said.

Still others wanted to catch the action up close. They just made sure they had the proper accessories like a warm beverage and plenty of layers.

"I have on two jackets, gloves, everything," one man said.

Even tough guys like Captain Tyler Aycock with the Camilla Police Department came prepared.

"I've got jackets and extra long johns on," he laughed. If anything, the cold made put the crowd in the Christmas spirit.

"Merry Christmas!" one kid yelled.

And certainly didn't stop anyone from having a good time. Police officers actually noticed a bigger turnout this year even though it was a lot colder than most years.

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