Record crowds at Wetumpka holiday event

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Before the fireworks and the boat floats comes a part of Christmas on the Coosa Geraldine Moore never misses.

"It has been at least 30 years," says Moore.

She's been coming to the street parade since her kids were young.

"I've always had someone in there.  If it's not my children it's my sister's children.  It's just been forever with us.  It will be now that our grandchildren are in it."

Moore says she can't help but bring her family to take in the sights and sounds of a community celebrating the Christmas season.

"We just love it…just love our hometown."

"We always get here early, fellowship, sit around.  We have a heater this year so it helps out a little bit," says family member Jeff Hines.

Officials believe 10,000 people went to Wetumpka for Christmas on the Coosa and some folks say it's the biggest turnout they've ever seen.

"I am so proud of Wetumpka," says resident Shawn Thompson.

"It gives us an opportunity to showcase what we have here and this wonderful wonderful river that flows through the city of Wetumpka," says Mayor Jerry Willis.

That river is home to Christmas on the Coosa's signature boat parade and fireworks show—a favorite among locals.

And no matter how many times she's seen it, Geraldine says it will never grow old…even if she does.

"We'll be here until we can't move.  Walkers or whatever."

It's a Christmas staple living on as generations experience this timeless tradition.

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