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Santa made his rounds this weekend under the bright lights in Halifax and South Boston. First up was the Children’s Christmas Parade on Friday night (top left), with youngsters and little ones in Town of Halifax joining the Jolly Old Elf for a jaunt down Main Street. Children decorated their wagons just for the occasion. Saturday night in South Boston, Santa took his usual place at the rear of the annual Christmas parade closing out a spectacle that included floats, marching bands, dance troupes, youth sports teams, animals, fire trucks and classic cars. / December 09, 2013

The spirit of the season settled over downtown as the South Boston Christmas Parade drew a large and appreciative crowd Saturday night.

“We were pleased that Mother Nature cooperated with a chill in the air, but no rain,” said Sara Davis, parade coordinator, who described the turnout as larger than ever. There was certainly plenty for people to enjoy: elaborate floats, antique cars, marching bands, dance groups, sports teams, pageant queens, dogs and horses, and of course, Santa.

“The entrants really stepped it up and put a lot of hard work and time into their float building this year and their enthusiasm showed in their work,” said Davis. “The floats, which are always such crowd pleasers, get more creative and elaborate each year.”

Taking first place among the church floats was the entry by County Line Baptist Church. The Worship Center took second place, and Berry Hill Baptist captured third.

Among the non-profit floats, the Halifax County Middle School FFA entry took top honors. The high school FFA float was second, and the Dan River Baptist Association float was third.

We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy took first place among business floats with its entry publicizing the upcoming performance of “The Nutcracker” at HCHS. The Essence of Movement Dance Studio, LLC came in second with an impressive float featuring its dancers, and South Boston Pediatrics took third place.

The Worship Center claimed top honors among musical groups, with the New Attraction Band finishing in second place and Berry Hill Baptist Church placing third.

Buck Wilmouth’s 1938 Plymouth was named the best antique car, and James Allen’s Schnoodle “Lola” earned top honors for best dog.

Randy Tune and his horse “Goldie,” a Pacifino, were named the best equestrian entry. Berry Hill Baptist Church was honored for the most creative use of lights and the We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy float was cited for being the best themed entry.

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