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Holiday Weekend Brings Crafts Faire, Light Parade
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The fact that skies over downtown Riverbank were rainy didnt deter city workers last Thursday as they were busily preparing for the holiday crafts fair, parade and tree lighting on Saturday. Ric McGinnis/The News

City crews were fighting a bit of rainy weather last week as they put up the lights, banners and Christmas tree decorations in advance of the holiday celebration coming to downtown this weekend.

A Riverbank tradition will be celebrated on Saturday in downtown.

The 49th Annual Christmas Parade and 16th annual Craft Faire presented by the City of Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department will both be hosted on Saturday, Nov. 25, rain or shine. There will be approximately 30 vendors comprised of local crafters and non-profits at the Craft Faire on Third Street in front of City Hall beginning at noon. The faire will run through the afternoon and evening, on Third Street, in front of City Hall North, concluding at 8 p.m.

The lighted holiday parade will begin at 5:30 p.m., traveling down Santa Fe Street from the Community Center to Second Street at Stanislaus Street, where it will disband. This is a departure from previous years, when the parade route continued back up Stanislaus to where it started.

The light parade is expected to include multiple entries, including the Riverbank City Council, Grand Marshal, Citizen of the Year and more.

Following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the Community Christmas Tree and parade winners in each category will be announced.

Officials at the Riverbank Historical Society say they will be extending their open hours at the Museum, around the corner on Santa Fe, behind City Hall North, remaining open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. They’ll be bringing their Model T Fire Engine to display at the corner near City Hall North and offering photo opportunities for the kids.

The engine will then be seen in the parade.


News Reporter Virginia Still contributed to this report.