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Doing the Christmas disco

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Top, Santa rides though town in a Cadillac convertible. Above, The Worship Center disco float. / December 04, 2017
It was chilly enough to feel almost like Christmas, and groovy enough to almost seem like a discotheque.

“A Disco Christmas,” the South Boston Christmas parade theme, was a hit Saturday night among the thousands of spectators who lined the sidewalks downtown, said parade coordinator Sara Davis.

“The entrants and the crowds enjoyed dancing in the streets to this year’s theme!” enthused Davis, who also praised the parade entrants who “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.

“The floats get more elaborate each year,” she said.

Disco classics by the Village People, Donna Summer and Michael Jackson blared throughout downtown, punctuated by the sound of Christmas standards performed by the Halifax County High School Marching Comets and guest high school bands from Dan River, Bluestone and J.F. Webb in Oxford, N.C.

Also staying true to Christmas tradition was Santa himself, who arrived at end of the parade in a lovely old Cadillac convertible.

The float entered by The Worship Center took first place among the church entries, while County Line Baptist Church took second and Black Walnut Baptist Church was third in the church category.

Strategic Heating & Air took first place among the business floats. Essence of Movement Dance Studio took second place and the Piedmont Credit Union float placed third.

Non-profit float winners were the Virginia Squires Travel Baseball Team in first place, with Cluster Springs Cub Scouts taking second and the Halifax County High School FFA taking third place honors.

Buck Wilmouth’s 1938 Plymouth business coupe was named the Best Antique Car. Diane Brown marched with the best dressed dog, her ShihTzu Bosco.

Judges credited The Worship Center for the most creative use of lights, and they singled out the Essence of Movement Dance Studio for having the best themed float.

Winners may pick up their trophies from the South Boston Town office at 432 Main Street.

Following the parade, many in the crowd gathered in Constitution Square to hear Christmas carols and Christmas stories, and to enjoy hot chocolate and holiday cheer.

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