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‘A Superhero Christmas’ parade a big hit with kids

Paradise City brought touch Gotham Fox Lake its flolast Saturday. | JIM NEWTON~SUN-TIMES MEDIA

Paradise City brought a touch of Gotham to Fox Lake on its float last Saturday. | JIM NEWTON~SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: January 3, 2014 6:15AM

Basking in sunshine and temperatures well above freezing on Saturday morning, hundreds of residents lined Grand Avenue for Fox Lake’s 57th annual Holiday Parade.

“A Superhero Christmas” was the theme of the parade, and heroes from Batman to local team mascots danced and posed on floats as children who were curbside collected plenty of pre-stocking candy.

“It was a beautiful day for a parade,” Fox Lake Parks and Recreation coordinator Amy Serafin said at the post-parade Children’s Holiday Party at Lakefront Park.

Serafin said the parade committee thought superheroes would be a fun theme for the parade, especially because “there are so many fun superhero movies out now.”

“It’s something that’s fun for the kids and will appeal to everyone,” Serafin said.

Santa Claus, of course, proved his status as the greatest superhero of all, as the line to visit with him stretched along all four walls of the facility at Lakefront Park and outside the building as well.

Attendees at the party also received free hot dogs and beverages.

At the parade, Jessica Longmire, Megan Day, Danielle Longmire and Christi Berta, all 12-year-olds from the Fox Lake and Lake Villa areas, enjoyed the show together, catching some rays on the north side of Grand Avenue and catching plenty of candy being passed out alongside the floats.

“I love it. Winter is my favorite season,” Megan said.

Christi was a bit less enthusiastic. “I like the candy and I like the holiday, but it’s very cold, and my jacket just broke,” she said.

Jamie Burke brought her kids Ava, 3, and Dylan 6, out for the parade, as she usually does.

“Normally it’s colder, so we lucked out this year,” she said.

“I saw my friend out there in the parade,” said a smiling Dylan. “And the weather is really great.”

Meanwhile, in a more secluded spot near the end of the parade route, Fox Lake resident Jared Gregurich sat with his 3-year-old daughter Ruby in his lap, continuing to build his own tradition. Ruby has attended each of the holiday parades since she was born.

Ruby’s eyes lit up as the floats went by, but she looked a bit distrustful about having her picture taken.

“She’s a little shy,” Gregurich explained.

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