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Christmas

SoVaNow.com / November 29, 2012
The spirit of Christmas will roll through downtown South Boston as the town hosts its annual Christmas parade this Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

The parade lineup will include three marching bands, at least 27 floats, antique cars and trucks, horseback riders, pageant queens, fire trucks, dogs dressed in their Christmas finery and, of course, Santa Claus himself.

This year’s theme is a celebration of “Winter Wonderland.” Parade sponsors Destination Downtown South Boston and Elliott Electric invite everyone to join the holiday event.

Leading off the parade and carrying the South Boston Christmas banner will be Tiffany Irby and Courtney Barker, followed by South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston. Two D-Day veterans — William Snead and Pete Myers, who served with the 29th Division that stormed Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944 — are next in line.

The Halifax County High School Marching Comets will be joined by the Dan River High School Marching Wildcats and the J. F. Webb High School Marching Warriors of Oxford, N.C.

A number of local churches have entered floats and two dance schools also will participate — students from the Essence of Movement Dance Studio and We’re Got Rhythm Dance Academy.

There will be Cub Scouts, members of the Mite and Peewee football teams, along with the Dixie Darlings Virginia State Championship sotfball team.

At last count, 46 participants will begin their march at the intersection of Wilborn Avenue and Chalmers Street, near the Enterprise Rent-A-Car location. They will continue down to Constitution Square. There will be no stopping by those participating in the parade.

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