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Christmas Festival Set For Saturday
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The Enochs High School marching band has signed up to participate in Riverbank's Christmas parade this Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Enochs High band has been chosen to participate in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC, and is using the exposure of Riverbank's Christmas event to raise money to travel to the nation's capital, said local parade co-organizer Scott Pettit.

"Halleluja," as he expressed it in his e-mail. "The band stretches at least a block and makes the ground vibrate with its sound."

For the Christmas Festival combining several events, Riverbank's first lighted night parade will start from the Community Center at 5:30 p.m. and go west on Santa Fe Street, south on Second and back east to the center on Stanislaus Street.

The parade will be preceded by a crafts fair starting at 2 p.m. and set up outside City Hall.

After the parade, winners will be announced back at the Plaza del Rio, children can gather with Santa Claus to have their photographs taken and Santa will light the Christmas tree at about 7:30 p.m.

The parade has drawn 27 entries to date, said Luann Bain at City Hall on Monday. There will be a float carrying the Riverbank High Drama Club that is planning a February performance of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" under the direction of teacher Stacy Blevins.

A new Riverbank 4-H Club proposes to enter a float with about 50 children accompanying it.

Pageant contender Ashley Edwards will appear as the new Miss 2012 California Golden State Queen.

Future Farmers of America from Riverbank High have also promised a float.

Among the vehicle entries is a 1937 Chevy sedan owned by Carlos Torres of the Modesto Knights of Columbus and leading the equestrian entries is local resident Pedro Barrajas with his Amigos del Sol and their "dancing horses."