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Disco, kids and Santa Too / November 30, 2017
It’s Christmas parade weekend — with a forecast that calls for clear and mild weather, perfect for the disco inferno that’ll be raging in downtown South Boston Saturday at 5 p.m.

Celebrating the theme of “A Disco Christmas,” the South Boston Christmas Parade will feature four marching bands, at least 15 floats, fire trucks, antique cars, horseback riders, dogs and their walkers, and others decked out in their dance-floor best.

Santa Claus will be there, too, in his customary role as the guest of honor. No word on whether the jolly old elf will come dressed in a polyester leisure suit.

On Sunday the Town of Halifax will host its annual Children’s Christmas Parade, just after the tree illumination at the Halifax Farmers Market. The tree lighting will take at 6 p.m. at the market parking lot; the parade will follow, with children pulling holiday-themed wagons or riding bikes, trikes and wheelbarrows through town. The parade route runs from the farmers market through downtown Halifax, ending at Blessed Hope Church.

Participants in the Children’s Parade are asked to consider the theme for the event, which is “Christmas Angel.”

Parade entries should be no wider than three feet or longer than five feet to fit comfortably on sidewalks through town. Also, participants are asked to gather at the farmers market lot by 5:30 p.m. to get ready for the parade.

As for the Saturday night spectacle in South Boston, here are just some of the featured attractions:

Four high school bands: the Dan River High School Marching Wildcats, the Marching Barons of Bluestone High School, the Marching Warrior Band from J. F. Webb High School in Oxford, N.C. and the host school, the Halifax County High School Blue Comet Marching Band.

Fifteen floats have already been entered into the parade, and more are expected.

Groups that will be represented include the Sons of the American Legion Squad 8 Color Guard, the HCHS JROTC color guard, Honorable South Boston Vice Mayor Coleman Speece, Piedmont Credit Union, Lions of Central Virginia Mobile Health Unit, Aarons, Mecklenburg County Air Force JROTC, Cobras and Bears Cheerleading, Providence Presbyterian Church, Sophia Decker with her Lab/Boxer Agnes, Diane Brown with her Shih Tzu Bosco, Davenport Energy, The Worship Center, Fred Johnson, HCMS FFA, Lake Country Shrine Club, Strategic Heating & Air, Inc., HCHS FFA, Floyd Scearce with Spunky the Monkey, Francis Oil & Propane, South Boston True Value, Black Walnut Baptist Church, Ira Nelson, Ray’s Key & Lock, Trinity Church, Commonwealth Senior Living, Boy Scout Pack 496, Essence of Movement Dance Studio LLC, Ray Waller, Lawrence Nunn, Stoney Ridge Farm, Foster Fuels, We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy, Buck Wilmouth, VA Squires Travel Baseball Teams, Donald Ragsdale, VIRginia International Raceway, Advance America, County Line Baptist Church, Powell’s Salvage LLC, VDOT with HCHS Art Dept., Virginia Skyline Girl Scouts, Astro Camp VA, Head Over Heels, YMCA, Woodview, and the Halifax Outlaws Youth Football team.

There will handicap parking spaces available on Wilborn Avenue at the South Boston Fire Support Building located at 801 Wilborn Avenue.

Participants in the parade are asked to line up on Chalmers Street beside Enterprise Rent-A-Car to check in.

Immediately following the parade, The Worship Center will sponsor “Christmas in the Square,” at Constitution Square. There will be Christmas stories and music as well as visit from Santa (and hot chocolate while supplies last).

The South Boston Christmas Parade is sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. and Elliott Electric, Inc., with other sponsors that include:

Gold Bells Sponsor - Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital; Silver Bells Sponsors - Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Dominion Energy - Clover Power Station, Benchmark Community Bank; Jingle Bells Sponsors - H & M Logging, Inc., Halifax Eye Care Center, Carter Bank & Trust, Comfort Systems USA Mid Atlantic, Piedmont Credit Union, True Value Hardware and Automotive, Retail Merchants Association of South Boston/Halifax County, and Bo’s Hydraulics; Communications Partner - Professional Communications; Media Partner - 95.3 WHLF-FM.

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