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Now-and-then pictures: Baltimore's holiday parades

1954
2017
Then

Balloon handlers dressed as clowns line up for the annual Hochschild Kohn Toytown Parade in 1954. Baltimore's Toytown parade kicked off the holiday shopping season from 1936 to 1966.Albert D. Cochran / Baltimore Sun

Now

The Spotlight Dance Company performs during the 45th annual Mayor's Christmas Parade in Hampden. The parade was started in 1972 by Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer as an answer to the end of the Toytown Parade.Colby Ware / Baltimore Sun

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