The annual Longview tradition to ring in the Christmas season was held Thursday night with a holiday parade through the downtown area. The annual Christmas parade wound its way in front of the courthouse square to the delight of thousands of chilled onlookers. There were marching bands, vintage cars and floats of all sizes, even bagpipes for international flavor. Channel 7's Bob Hallmark was part of the parade with the Marines Toys for Tots entry. Kids of all ages went away happy and seasonally cold.