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Twilight Christmas Parade enchants Duneland, kicks off season

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Hundreds lined the streets of historic downtown Chesterton Friday to enjoy the annual Twilight Christmas Parade--a kickoff event for the Duneland community’s Hometown Holiday Celebration.

Children and their families were cast in a vibrant glow by more than 40 lighted parade floats, most of them representing businesses and non-profit organizations from the Duneland area.

Connors Automotive and the Chesterton High School Pep Band led the parade, which stepped off from Chesterton Middle School before progressing down the spectator-lined Sixth St., Broadway, South Calumet Rd., and West Porter Ave.

Candy was thrown, sirens were blown, and Santa Claus himself made his twilit debut on a shiny red Chesterton Fire Engine before greeting children in his Duneland House in Thomas Centennial Park.

“We love coordinating this parade every year,” said Heather Ennis, executive director of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. “This event truly demonstrates the compassionate, energetic spirit of this community, and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”

To continue the celebration, Santa Claus will be in his house on Broadway to hear the Christmas wishes of Duneland’s boys and girls from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday leading up to Christmas. Each child will be gifted with an activity book and a candy cane.

Visitors are asked to bring canned vegetables to Santa for him to deliver to local families in need.

For more information about upcoming holiday events, contact the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at 219-926-5513 or


Posted 12/2/2013