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Presidents Day parade held in Old Town Alexandria

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The streets of Old Town Alexandria came alive Monday afternoon for a Presidents Day parade honoring Virginian George Washington, for whom the nation pauses to celebrate each year on the third Monday of February.

Organizers call it the largest Washington's Birthday parade in the U.S.

"I've lived here all my life and I've been coming since I was this big and we always have great parades here," said one parade-goer.

"For most of the kids," said another, "it's just an extra day for them off."

But the ones we spoke to knew what this day was all about.

"George Washington was the first president of our country," said a young boy. "And he is also sometimes called the father of our country."

Alexandria mayor Bill Euille proclaimed 2014 the Year of the Veteran.

"This about our military drawing down," says John Sims of the Alexandria Veterans Advisory Group. "We're ending the post 9/11 years of war and all those veterans are going to come home and they've got tremendous strengths and capabilities to bring to local communities. So it's really about honoring their service and strengthening our community."

The parade, under a blazing sun, seemed like a coming out party of sorts for those trapped indoors by all the recent snow and cold temperatures.

"We're tired of being inside," said one woman. ''It's freezing. I hate the cold. The snow. But it's good to be out here today."

"Oh man, this winter has been absolutely crazy," said another woman along the parade route. "But hey, get out here and enjoy the snow with the kids and make the best of it."

That's easier knowing that despite the forecast for more snow late Monday into Tuesday, temperatures may reach the 60 degree mark later in the week.

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