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Thousands turn out for parade, tree lighting in downtown Pleasanton

Holiday tree in front of Museum on Main will stay lighted through New Year's Day

Thousands lined Main Street sidewalks and outdoor eateries Saturday night for a festive holiday parade, followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony in front of the Museum on Main.

Mayor Jerry Thorne, with the help of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at his side pulled a switch to light the city's holiday tree.

The tree-lighting ceremony followed the holiday parade and included holiday songs by Voices in Harmony, a men's a cappella chorus.

About 120 strands of LED lights are used to wrap the branches of the deodar cedar tree, which was planted about 15 years ago. That comes out to about 3,000 lights on the tree.

The tree has grown to over 60 feet tall, which is now taller than the boom that the parks maintenance crew uses to string the lights and hang the ornaments.

"It's becoming a challenge to get to the top of the tree," said Michelle Dunaway, the city's event administrator.

The tree will stay lighted through New Year's Day.

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