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Stacy McKercher reads to her 5-year-old twins Emma Rae and Alexander (right top) on a colorful float by Trinity Lutheran Church at the Night We Light parade Friday evening in downtown Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

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What was the best part of this year's Night We Light parade?

One man, walking away from downtown Friday night, summed it up in two words: the weather.

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With the temperature hovering about 30 degrees, the parade was easier to enjoy for some versus those in years past.

Three-year-old Jasmine Adams was among the thousands of people lined along Bemidji's downtown streets for the 14th annual parade.

Jasmine was there with her mom, Shyla Barrett, and Nicole Treichel, both of Bemidji, who said they've been coming to the parade "for years."

Treichel has been coming for the parade since it began, she said.

Barrett said she looks forward each year to the Pioneer's snowmen and elves.

"I like the dancers from the Pioneer," she said.

Apparently, so does her daughter. Barrett said Jasmine danced along with the snowmen and elves.

Cameron Smith, who will be 2 years old in December, saw the Night We Light parade for the first time.

He liked seeing the horses and other animals, said Jess Ness, Cameron's mother. It was Ness' second time at the event.

For the Oster family, led by mom Gwen Oster of Bemidji, there were a lot of fun sights during their first appearance at the parade..

"I like the candy," said 4-year-old Elizabeth.

Eight-year-old Thomas said the parade was "really good."

He especially remembered the "flames" from the ReMax Hot Air Balloon Team float, which was brand new in this year's parade.

Thomas also said they found a plastic glowing tube during the parade, which he liked.

The Solo family said they've come downtown for the parade "lots of this," according to mom Holly Solo.

Seth Solo, 7, said he especially liked the float this year by Carter's Collision, which had an igloo and lots of penguins.

Alexis Solo, 10, said she liked the candy.

And others said it was just as much a fun experience from the middle of the street.

Three kids who took part in the parade by riding with TLC Preschool and Growing Tree Child Care said they had fun.

Miranda Odegard, 13, and Hanna Odegard, 8, both said they've been in the parade before. Tori Howard, 9, said it was first time.

All three said it was a fun experience.

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