The annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, hosted by The Campagna Center
in partnership with the Scottish Government
, is an annual event. This year the tradition kicked off on Friday, Nov. 30, culminating in Saturday's parade and other festivities that took place at the George Washington Masonic Memorial
On Saturday, the Scottish Christmas Walk parade commenced at 11 a.m. Hours before the start of the walk, people began to arrive in Old Town Alexandria in anticipation of the parade, some setting up chairs and blankets. By 10:30 a.m., the streets were lined with people.
The parade lasted for well over an hour as over 130 participants marched through the beautiful and picturesque Old Town Alexandria. What started off as a chilly and foggy morning turned into a beautiful day by the time the parade concluded.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at the end of the parade in style.
The Campagna Center notes this event draws 30,000 individuals and families. Noted as the organization's largest fundraising event
, the proceeds from Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend go to help local organizations including Alexandria Head Start, Early Head Start, Campagna Early Learning Center, Afternoon Kids, Building Better Futures, Campagna Kids and New Neighbors. These programs serve over 1,700 children and families daily.