Despite the rainy night, crowds emerged through downtown streets on Dec. 7 to enjoy the Livermore Holiday Parade and begin the holiday season. Livermore Downtown, Inc., the organizer of the parade, chose as Grand Marshals the Patel family and Presidio Company, the proposed developer of the east side hotel in the city's downtown plan. The parade came to a close with a special guest, Santa, who led the community to the official tree lighting. Shown is the Livermore High School Dance Team. See more photos on page 6 and online. (Photos - Doug Jorgensen)