Thousands of people from the West Midlands made their way to the centre of Birmingham on Sunday as Santa and his reindeer arrived for the citys annual Christmas parade.
Hundreds of children from schools across Birmingham braved the stormy weather to take part in the parade, carrying lanterns through the streets from the Pavillions shopping centre up to Broad Street and ending in Brindley Place.
They were joined by characters from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Winnie the Pooh and Friends, as well as traditional Christmas characters, scouts, brownies and girl guides.
Music throughout the parade was supplied by the Shirley Pipe Band and the Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums, which helped lift spirits during the heavy downpour.
The climax of the parade saw Christmas lights switched on in Broad Street and children given the chance to meet Santa Claus and his reindeer .
Jean Durose, head of events at the Birmingham city council, said: "Despite the weather we had thousands of people lining the streets of Birmingham to see Santa and his reindeer ."
"We are especially grateful to the children who came out with their lanterns and all the Christmas characters who braved the wet and cold to bring some much-needed festive cheer."
Councillor Ray Hassal added: "This is another wonderful Christmas event for the whole family to enjoy and a magical start to the festive season in Birmingham ."
"Traditional values are at the heart of our Christmas programme which is possibly one of the biggest and best in the UK."
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