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Richard Biller engineered an awesome golf cart float.

Spreading holiday cheer

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Richard Biller engineered an awesome golf cart float.

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Firefighter Andrew Stark represented East Manatee Fire Rescue District.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Firefighter Andrew Stark represented East Manatee Fire Rescue District.

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Even Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Mark Prucnell and Cathy Plymack) participated. They're arrival signaled the end of the parade to spectators.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Even Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Mark Prucnell and Cathy Plymack) participated. They're arrival signaled the end of the parade to spectators.

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Friends John Downs and Dick Heidrick sported their best ugly Christmas sweaters. "John made me bring it out," Heidrick says.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Friends John Downs and Dick Heidrick sported their best ugly Christmas sweaters. "John made me bring it out," Heidrick says.

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Paul Eisenberg and ARm Hedgecock help lead out the parade on their motorcycles.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Paul Eisenberg and ARm Hedgecock help lead out the parade on their motorcycles.

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Bradenton's Susan O'Donnell watched the parade with friend, Jan Digirolamo, who has lived in Esplanade for one year.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Bradenton's Susan O'Donnell watched the parade with friend, Jan Digirolamo, who has lived in Esplanade for one year.

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Susan and Steve Meizinger had fun with their candy cane themed float.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Susan and Steve Meizinger had fun with their candy cane themed float.

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Dozens of golf carts participated. Themes ranged from candy canes to Star Wars.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Dozens of golf carts participated. Themes ranged from candy canes to Star Wars.

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Friends described Gloria Wemple as the "fearless leader" of the Ugly Sweater Bridgade.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Friends described Gloria Wemple as the "fearless leader" of the Ugly Sweater Bridgade.

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It wasn't their idea, but Bruce Perreault and Bob Gruber had fun with their role in the parade as "two guys holding a sign."

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

It wasn't their idea, but Bruce Perreault and Bob Gruber had fun with their role in the parade as "two guys holding a sign."

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The Hernando Deso Historical Society presented its queen, Langston Sellars, and crew members, including Mark Hildebrandt.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

The Hernando Deso Historical Society presented its queen, Langston Sellars, and crew members, including Mark Hildebrandt.

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Merry Martini parade walker Shirley Hapner passes out prepared cranberry martinis to spectators who want them.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Merry Martini parade walker Shirley Hapner passes out prepared cranberry martinis to spectators who want them.

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Lakewood Ranch High School's Brandon Cox joins the Mustangs' marching band to provide a real parade feel.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Lakewood Ranch High School's Brandon Cox joins the Mustangs' marching band to provide a real parade feel.

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Esplanade's Kathie Gruber says she was impressed by how much work neighbors put into the parade.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 |

Esplanade's Kathie Gruber says she was impressed by how much work neighbors put into the parade.

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