It’s cold on the run during the Snowflake Mile and it’s just as cold, if not more so, on the walk back.
Still, Nate Atwood says he and his wife, Adriana, do the run every year.
Nate, who was dressed up as The Grinch during the run, posed with his family and had his picture snapped before taking off along Spring Street near the Klamath County Museum.
“You’ve gotta do it, man,” Nate said of the run. “Next year, you’ve gotta do it.”
Hundreds more also gathered along Main Street and out toward Spring Street for this year’s Snowflake Parade, which featured dozens of floats from around the Klamath Basin and was led by this year’s grand marshal Sky Lakes CEO Paul Stewart.
The several floats featured colorful lights, Christmas trees and other decorations, some of which even sat on large semi truck beds.
Heavy crowds could be seen along many Main Street buildings in Downtown Klamath Falls, including a large cluster of folks near the Oregon Bank Building.
Among them were Klamath Falls residents Eric and Parry VanCurler, who brought their daughter, Emilia, along for the show.
Though the VanCurlers said they have lived in the basin for nearly two decades, this was their first time seeing the parade together as a family.
“This is our first time,” Patty said. “We’re pretty excited.”
Emilia, who said she just turned 5, was bouncing around in excitement, saying she could not wait to see Santa at the end.
She was also excited about another parade classic.
“Police cars!” She shouted.
Mona Villa, who said she has attended the parade for the past four years, was just a few blocks down with her four children: Olivia, Frankie, A’vah and Zoey.
“These guys like to tough it out because they love to watch it,” Monah said.
For those who may have appeared for their own first time at the parade, or may consider it next year, Mona had one piece of advice:
“If you are coming, to bundle up for sure,” she said.