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PHOTOS: Hundreds come out for annual Concord Christmas parade

  • April Melvin (right) and Christin Lowery watch John Melvin, pushed by his aunt Brittany Maynor, twirl his hoop during the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    April Melvin (right) and Christin Lowery watch John Melvin, pushed by his aunt Brittany Maynor, twirl his hoop during the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Students dressed as reindeer represent Bishop Brady School. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Students dressed as reindeer represent Bishop Brady School. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord gaze back at spectators during a break from singing "Jingle Bells" during the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord gaze back at spectators during a break from singing "Jingle Bells" during the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Will Fournier of Hooksett juggles batons along Loudon Avenue. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Will Fournier of Hooksett juggles batons along Loudon Avenue. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Miss Kingston's Outstanding Teen 2014 Brooke Mills waves to spectators. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Miss Kingston's Outstanding Teen 2014 Brooke Mills waves to spectators. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • The Concord High School marching band performs. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    The Concord High School marching band performs. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Members of Cindy Flanagan's Concord Dance Academy perform on Loudon Avenue. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Members of Cindy Flanagan's Concord Dance Academy perform on Loudon Avenue. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Raggedy Andy peeks from a float. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Raggedy Andy peeks from a float. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Santa Claus marks the end of the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Santa Claus marks the end of the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • A festive bow decorates the back of a bovine from Miles Smith Farm. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    A festive bow decorates the back of a bovine from Miles Smith Farm. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • April Melvin (right) and Christin Lowery watch John Melvin, pushed by his aunt Brittany Maynor, twirl his hoop during the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Students dressed as reindeer represent Bishop Brady School. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord gaze back at spectators during a break from singing "Jingle Bells" during the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Will Fournier of Hooksett juggles batons along Loudon Avenue. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Miss Kingston's Outstanding Teen 2014 Brooke Mills waves to spectators. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • The Concord High School marching band performs. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Members of Cindy Flanagan's Concord Dance Academy perform on Loudon Avenue. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Raggedy Andy peeks from a float. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Santa Claus marks the end of the parade. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • A festive bow decorates the back of a bovine from Miles Smith Farm. The 62nd annual Concord Christmas Parade made its way down Loudon Road in Concord on November 23, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

Eight-year-old John Melvin’s two biggest dreams, said his mother, April Melvin, were to be in the Concord Christmas parade and to go to Disney World. His mother said she can’t afford a trip to the theme park, but John, who has neurofibromatosis, was able to join fellow members of AJ Hooping for the full length of the 62nd annual parade on Loudon Road in Concord yesterday morning. Hundreds of spectators along the parade route enjoyed the long stretch of floats, performers, uniformed servicemen and Santa Claus.

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