POSTED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 4:09pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — More than 260,000 people spent the early part of their Thanksgiving Day in central El Paso for the 77th Annual First Light Credit Union Sun Bowl Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"I think it's good for the family to take out your kids and enjoy the moment and see the parade," said Jimmy Verduzco.
The parade was more than just a parade; it was a tradition for many families who've been going for year, like Charlie Middaugh who's brought his family for the past 20.
"It's a family tradition. We come out here especially early in the morning to get some seats," said Middaugh.
Lilly Lazarin watched the parade since she was 15 years old. Her parents started the tradition and now she continues it with her children.
"They get to see the culture of the community and it's lovely to see. It's so nice and it's grows so much over the years," said Lazarin.
Unlike others, Miranda Aranda and her family start their tradition, while others are in bed at midnight.
"We all take turns like the whole family. Some stay a little while. They go back to the house and the other ones come. We do this every year so we can get a good spot," said Aranda.
She said the 10 hour wait in the cold weather is all worth it.
"You get to meet other people, you have fun and it's good to enjoy some time before going home and eating your turnkey," said Aranda.