The Santa Claus parade was wonderful on Friday, 11/29/2013. There were thousands of people watching the lighted floats. The Alpena High School Band braved the weather and looked great in their uniforms. Santa was the star of the event. There are only a few events that draw such numbers into downtown Alpena. Here are all of these people, excited and in the Christmas spirit. You have to think they would be in a mood to do some shopping, especially before and after the parade. Why are the stores all closed? You would think if they were open to 9:00 p.m. on the day of the parade the local economy would benefit.