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Date of Issue: December 14, 2006

Santa, pirates draw crowd

Parade funday pic
The Anna Maria Island Privateers lead the annual Christmas Parade, which the nonprofit group organized. The parade ran the length of the Island on Saturday morning.
Parade funday pic
Sandy Haas-Martens, the chair of the Holmes Beach City Commission, tosses strands of beads in the Christmas Parade.
Parade funday pic
Elaina Bayard, 2, hugs her Pooh bear, a prize from the annual Christmas Parade. The parade, organized by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, ran the length of Anna Maria Island.
Parade funday pic
Santa Claus waves to the crowd from his sleigh in the annual Christmas Parade.
Parade funday pic
Charlotte Pardue, 5, of Holmes Beach, and Sydney Bailey, 4, of Holmes Beach, inventory their loot from the annual Christmas Parade.
Parade funday pic
Brian Scott Greer, 5, of Bradenton, stands first in line to see Santa Claus during the holiday party at Coquina Beach.
Parade funday pic
Jim "Carp" Brannon of the Anna Maria Island Privateers dresses a dog at the Holiday Fun Day at Coquina Beach Saturday.
Parade funday pic
Pierrette Kelly, executive director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, and Center volunteer Rainia Lardas, 13, of Holmes Beach, explain the construction plans for the new Center at the Holiday Fun Day.
Parade funday pic
Christina Lewis, of Bradenton, helps her son, Nathan Byrd, 18 months, create his first Christmas card at the holiday party Saturday.
Parade funday pic
Island cheer
Islander Brandon Kirkley, 5, gives Santa Claus a hug before sharing his Christmas wish at the Holiday Fun Day at Coquina Beach Saturday. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff