More than 5,000 peeps packed downtown Campbell Saturday afternoon to watch bands, bagpipes, bassets and the Easter Bunny strut their stuff down W. Campbell Avenue in the 14th annual .
"This parade means community," Catherine Hickinbotham of Campbell said. "It makes Campbell feel like a small town. You see people you know and everyone is in a good mood. It's cool to see the creativity that goes into floats, too."
Another Campbell resident, 9-year-old Jessica Berton, said she'd been waiting all year for the parade to come around.
"I love coming here because you get to see the Easter bunny and, no matter how old you are, you just get to have a good time," she said.
As the crowd hooted and hollered in support of the marchers, and the Campbell Patch , many parade participants handed out candy and other goodies to eagerly outstretched hands. The event even brought out-of-towners into the fold.
"I go to a lot of parades," Scott Blake of San Jose said. "Usually they are very spectator driven, but this seems to really involve people. It's much more of a community event."