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Cowboy Christmas Parade draws crowd to historic Stockyards City

The Cowboy Christmas Parade Saturday in Stockyards City gave spectators a glimpse of the city's past and a chance to see Santa.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Modified: December 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm •  Published: December 2, 2012

Stacey Bohannan, manager of McClintock Heritage Collection on Exchange Avenue, watched the parade from her store window, surrounded by handmade cowboy boots and the fragrance of leather and perfume.

The store has been open for 12 years, but the building that houses the western wear and accessories shop has stood for more than 100 years.

Bohannan said the parade helps boost the economy by drawing visitors from all over the world who want to learn, eat and shop in Stockyards City.

“I've been here for four years and I can say that this year I saw the biggest crowd,” Bohannan said.

Shortly after the parade, a line formed outside of Cattlemen's Steakhouse on Agnew Ave. The restaurant opened in 1910 and has been featured on television shows and in national magazines.

Hill said the parade has been going on for more years than any one organizer can remember.

The parade is a product of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street program, a national effort to improve organization, design, promotion and economic growth of historic cities throughout the United States.

Hill, who is involved in the Main Street program, has been executive director of the parade for three months but has been actively involved in organizing the event for six years.

“I love this area,” she said. “It's truly a very special place.”