An estimated 50,000 people attended the 41st annual Lakeland Christmas Parade on Thursday evening. The fireworks that opened the parade were double the normal amount to make up for last year, when the parade was suspended because of COVID-19. Keep scrolling for our extensive photo gallery by David Dickey Jr., and click on any image for a larger view.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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