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Alexandria's Annual Parade Honors Washington

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Intermittent rain thinned the crowds at this year's Washington birthday parade, but still hundreds of people lined the parade route in Old Town Alexandria.

"It's always festive, even in the rain," says Carolyn Doying, who has lived in Alexandria for 40 years.

Parade regulars like the T.C. Williams Marching Band, local scout troops and, of course, actors playing George and Martha Washington strutted past.

But tradition wasn't the only reason to brave the damp weather --just ask Scott McBroom, who was trying to corral three boys under the age of 11.

"I have exuberant children who needed an outing," he says.

Alexandria first started holding the parade in the early 1920s.

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