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Sacramento’s downtown Santa Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday

A member of the Antelope Marching Band performs during the 2013 Santa Parade in Sacramento. This year’s parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.
A member of the Antelope Marching Band performs during the 2013 Santa Parade in Sacramento. This year’s parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Sacramento Bee file

Sacramento’s downtown Santa Parade, which has been part of the city’s Christmas scene for 32 years, will take to the streets again Saturday.

The parade, a holiday institution that has drawn up to an estimated 20,000 spectators some years, begins at 10 a.m.

Diminished sponsor financial support put the parade at risk of cancellation until Western Health Advantage saved the annual procession with a significant contribution.

About 60 organizations will participate, featuring floats, marching bands, youth groups, horses and antique vehicles. Santa Claus is scheduled to appear at the end of the parade.

The parade starts at 14th and N streets, heads west on N Street to 10th , north on 10th to L Street, then east on L. It ends at at 12th and L streets.

Announcers will be at 11th and L streets, 11th and N streets and 10th and Capitol Mall.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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