‘Home Sweet Home’ for the Holidays at Reston Parade

Reston holiday parade 2014/file photo

Reston Town Center ushers in the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 27 with its 25th annual parade, tree lighting, and fun for the whole family.

Here is what you need to know:

The parade, with Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, and Santa and Mrs. Claus, kicks off at 11 a.m. on Market Street. The parade will happen rain or shine.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Susan Ungerer, founder of nonprofit Kids R First, which helps outfit thousands of needy kids with school supplies each year.

The Junior Grand Marshal is Joseph Dagbe, an eighth-grader at Langston Hughes Middle School. Dagbe, selected by LHMS principal Aimee Monticchio, is a straight A student and a member of the basketball club.

Masters of Ceremonies are NBC Washington anchor Angie Goff and chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer. They will announce the Reston Holiday Parade from podiums at two locations on Market Street, opposite the VIP grandstands at Fountain Square and Library Street.

After the parade, the celebrations continue. Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay for visits and photos and a mini-train will be offering rides on Market Street until 4:30 p.m.

Any donation for a 5 x 7 photo will benefit South Lakes High School Chorus.

The Clauses will return at 6:00 p.m. for the Tree Lighting in Fountain Square, which is followed by a half-hour Christmas sing-along.

Horse-drawn carriage rides begin at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit local charities. Departure point is in front of Talbots on Market Street. $5 per person; children 5 and under ride free with adult.

Prior to the parade, the kids’ Gingerbread Man Mile will take place. Visit PR Races for registration and more information.

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