Dothan cyclists decked-out their bikes for Christmas parade

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Nearly 100 decked-out bikes lined the streets of downtown Dothan in the city's first Christmas bike parade.

"I'm in the Christmas spirit as soon as the tree's out, even if it's the only thing up without the ornaments, the lights or the wrapping or whatever,” said Caroline Churchill, bike parade rider.

Caroline Churchill spread some of her Christmas spirit in Dothan’s first Christmas bike parade.

Riders were encouraged to cover their bikes with Christmas attire while they rode through downtown in a cluster of lights.

All the proceeds from the event went to toys for tots.

"The kids who are less fortunate probably would really enjoy all the toys, and it's just fun to ride my bike," said Churchill.

The event was open to the public, but many of the cyclists came from each of Dothan’s three bike clubs.

"This is something I've been wanting to do for three years,” said President of Southeast Alabama Mountain Bikers James Wells. “I finally asked the other two bike clubs a few months ago if they would like to do it with us, and they jumped right in."

There was even a $100 grand prize for the best-decorated bike.

"My daughter helped us decorate it last minute with the fru-fru and the sparkles, and we're glad we were able to win,” said Mindy Vanackern after winning the prize. “We put a lot of effort into making the bikes flashy, so we're glad we won."

Event organizers hope the parade becomes a yearly tradition.

The parade raised more than $600 and collected around 100 gifts for toys for tots.

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