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The Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Young Marines march down Day Drive in the Camp Kinser Christmas parade on Friday. The parade was followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony.
The Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Young Marines march down Day Drive in the Camp Kinser Christmas parade on Friday. The parade was followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony. (Photos by Cindy Fisher / S&S)
The Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Young Marines march down Day Drive in the Camp Kinser Christmas parade on Friday. The parade was followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony.
The Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Young Marines march down Day Drive in the Camp Kinser Christmas parade on Friday. The parade was followed by the annual tree-lighting ceremony. (Photos by Cindy Fisher / S&S)
Lance Cpl. Patrick Ays, left, 19, from Jacksonville, N.C.., with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, throws candy to the families who lined Day Drive during the Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Christmas parade.
Lance Cpl. Patrick Ays, left, 19, from Jacksonville, N.C.., with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, throws candy to the families who lined Day Drive during the Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Christmas parade. ()
A Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Daisy troop, dressed as reindeer, and a Brownie troop, dressed as snowmen, gather Friday for the start of the Camp Kinser Christmas parade. The two troops threw candy and holiday greetings as they walked from the field near Kinser Elementary School along Day Drive to Roberts Field.
A Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Daisy troop, dressed as reindeer, and a Brownie troop, dressed as snowmen, gather Friday for the start of the Camp Kinser Christmas parade. The two troops threw candy and holiday greetings as they walked from the field near Kinser Elementary School along Day Drive to Roberts Field. ()
From left, Marquis Dickerson, 10, Kylie Arbini, 7, and her sister Kayla, 11, scramble for candy thrown from floats in the Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Christmas parade along Day Drive on Friday.
From left, Marquis Dickerson, 10, Kylie Arbini, 7, and her sister Kayla, 11, scramble for candy thrown from floats in the Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Christmas parade along Day Drive on Friday. ()
Marines of Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, throw candy from their "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" float during the Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Christmas parade Friday. Sgt. Cody Perry said the float was his idea and it took the unit about three weeks to turn the up-armored 7-ton truck into a reindeer. "It was definitely worth it," he said. The float won third place.
Marines of Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, throw candy from their "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" float during the Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Christmas parade Friday. Sgt. Cody Perry said the float was his idea and it took the unit about three weeks to turn the up-armored 7-ton truck into a reindeer. "It was definitely worth it," he said. The float won third place. ()

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa — Hundreds of people lined Day Drive for Camp Kinser’s annual Christmas parade and tree-lighting ceremony Friday.

Children darted about the sidewalks to catch candy thrown from Humvees decked out in festive lights, an up-armored 7-ton truck masquerading as a reindeer and other military vehicles dressed in holiday cheer.

After the parade, which started near Kinser Elementary School, a crowd of about 400 gathered at Roberts Field. There, Kinser Elementary students sang Christmas songs, judges announced the top four floats, and the Christmas tree lights were turned on for the holiday season.

The winners in the parade’s float competition were: Kinser Elementary School, first place; Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, second place; Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 37, third place; and General Support Maintenance, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, fourth place.

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