NOLANVILLE — With a loud blast from a fire engine horn, the Central Texas First Responders Holiday Parade began downtown Saturday afternoon as a large crowd watched.

The event, organized by the police department, was the first holiday parade the community has seen in several years and included city officials, first responders from Nolanville, Killeen and Bell County, McGruff the Crime Dog, school students and others who wanted in on the holiday spirit.

Police Chief Gary Kent said he was very pleased with the turnout.

“It was a huge success,” he said. “I was very excited to see the large number of participants.”

Nolanville Councilwoman Sherri Morales marched in the parade. She led a group of students from Cavazos Elementary, including her son, and said she enjoyed mingling with the community.

“It’s exciting and fun for the kids,” she said.

Another group of participants echoed Morales’ thoughts. Members of Women on Wheels said the parade was a great way to enjoy the community and to get to know their neighbors.

Kent said the parade will be an annual event on the third Saturday of December.

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