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Santa rides in the South Boston Christmas Parade; in Halifax, a holiday procession by the children
SoVaNow.com / December 03, 2012




“The spirit of the season was felt by all when the annual Christmas Parade came to life on the streets of Downtown South Boston,” Sara Davis, coordinator of the parade said late Saturday.

“We had 27 floats this year, more than we’ve ever had, and we’re excited that the participants took so much initiative to use their creativity. The crowd really loved the floats and we appreciate the fact that the float participants took so much time and effort on their float-building.”

Davis was also happy to report that the parade had four high school bands this year. In addition to the local Blue Comet Marching Band, the Dan River Band, The J. W. Webb and the Bluestone Barons also participated.

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

Essense of Movement Dance Studio, LLC took first place among the business floats with the We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy taking second and Clean Seats Portable Toilet Service, LLC placing third.

The Halifax County Middle School FFA float was first among the non-profit floats with the High School FFA float taking second place and the Curve Huggers Motorcycle Club in third place.

The Worship Center took first place among the musical groups with the New Attraction Band placing second and Berry Hill Baptist Church in third.

Patrick Henry Family Services took first place among the best antique car entries and Peggy Jones with Schnauzer Maddie won first place among the dogs. Sophia Decker with lab/boxer Agnes was second and Phyllis Ward with Papillon Sassy placed third. Randy Tune won top honors for the best equestrian entry.

The Essence of Movement Dance Studio won for the most creative use of lights and also for the best themed.

The crowd, according to Davis “was bigger than ever” as they watched the parade that was filled with floats, antique cars, marching groups, bands, dogs and, of course, Santa.

Trophies can be picked up starting Tuesday, December 4 in the afternoon at the Main Street Office at 432 Main Street, said Tamyra Vest of Destination South Boston.

On Friday night, the Town of Halifax celebrated the holidays with the illumination of the town Christmas tree and the Children's Christmas Parade.





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