ABERDEEN, Md. -- Aberdeen Proving Ground Soldiers joined the Aberdeen community Dec. 3 on a sunny, brisk afternoon for festivities, including a holiday parade and a visit from St. Nick.

About 1,000 people gathered along Bel Air Avenue for Aberdeen's 35th annual Christmas Street Parade. The crowd enjoyed an up-close look as APG leadership rode atop Army vehicles that are researched, developed and tested here.

Maj. Gen. Nick Justice and Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command led the convoy on a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle.

Maj. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco and Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Fritzsching of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command donned helmets in the turrets of a Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicle. Col. Thomas Langowski of the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) followed in an MRAP Buffalo.

The APG Fire Department drove Col. Orlando Ortiz and Master Sgt. John Cavaliere of the garrison in a ladder truck. Col. Jeffrey Holt of Aberdeen Test Center concluded the Army section in a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle Wrecker.