Parades on Central Avenue
While ancient cities often had special, elaborately constructed streets whose main function was to provide a place for processions, the earliest reference to a parade is found in cave paintings dating back ten thousand years.
From these paintings, experts speculate that the earliest events consisted of prehistoric men triumphantly carrying the game they killed during a hunt back to their camp.
Many types of parades have emerged since those of the cave dwellers. As early as 3000 BC, religious processions were one form of a parade; the other type was military: troops were paraded in front of people to show off the men before leaving for battle, to practice maneuvers, and to exhibit prisoners and booty after a successful campaign.
Central Ave. has seen a variety of parades through the years, annually it hosts the Exhibition parade and the Santa Claus parade.