Hundreds crowd downtown Lafayette for the Very Merry Main Street Christmas Parade

Very Merry Main Street is the longest-running Christmas Parade in Indiana.

Posted: Dec 7, 2019 11:32 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2019 11:46 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's officially Christmas time in Greater Lafayette. Hundreds of families helped kick off the holiday season on Main Street Saturday evening.

Very Merry Main Street is the longest-running Christmas Parade in Indiana, the earliest one dates back to the 1940s.

Last year was the first time the parade had to be canceled in many years due to dangerous weather. But event leaders believe it may have actually helped build anticipation. Parade Coordinator Rebecca Jones said the community really stepped up to make this year extra special.

“There was a lot of legwork on this year’s Christmas parade,” said Jones. “I can say sincerely that the parade would not have been a success without our sponsors.”

Nearly 140 local organizations participated this year, including WLFI. Jones said this year's turnout was on par with past events.

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