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Santa Claus spread good cheer at the 2019 Downtown South Boston Christmas Parade with its theme of “Christmas In Candyland.” As night fell over the annual spectacle, the temperatures dropped and parade goers wrapped up in blankets and coats to stay warm (top left). That wasn’t too much of a problem for the cast of Halifax County Little Theatre’s “Frozen Jr.” who marched in the parade as grand marshals. Above right, Khali Garrett and Carrington Thackston carry the parade banner. For more on the spectacle, see page B6. (David Conner II photos) / December 09, 2019
Santa Claus was in his element as an adoring crowd braved chilly temperatures Saturday to watch the jolly elf ride in the annual Downtown South Boston Christmas Parade.

The crowd lining the streets “was bigger than ever,” said parade coordinator Sara Davis, who added that the 24 floats in this year’s event set a parade record.

“The entrants really stepped it up with Candy Land entries 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 get more creative and elaborate each year. The floats are always such a crowd pleaser.”

Along with the floats, the Christmas parade featured four marching bands — from Dan River High School in Ringgold, J.F. Webb in Oxford, N.C. and Bluestone High School in Skipwith — capped by a rollicking performance by the Marching Blue Comets of HCHS.

The grand marshals for this year’s parade were members of the cast of “Disney’s Frozen Jr.,” which just wrapped up a sold-out run at The Prizery. The show was staged by Halifax County Little Theatre.

The Worship Center was a double winner in this year’s parade, taking first place for best church float and the best in show award for musical presentation.

Rice Tractor won first place for best business float. Rice Tractor also took the grand champion award for best-themed parade entry.

Virginia Squires Baseball won first place for best float by a non-profit.

Taking grand champion honors for the most creative use of lights was the Halifax County Middle School FFA chapter.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Church Floats

1st place - The Worship Center

2nd place - Berry Hill Baptist Church

3rd place - County Line Baptist Church

Non-Profit Floats

1st place - Virginia Squires Baseball

2nd place - Halifax County Middle School FFA

3rd place - PATHS

Honorable Mention - Cub Scout Pack 496

Business Floats

1st place - Rice Tractor

2nd place - Head Over Heels Tumble & Cheer

Best Antique Car

Raymond Conner - 1931 Ford Pickup

Best Dog

Diane Brown with Shih Tzu Bosco

Best Equestrian Entry

Emily Smith riding Romeo

Best Musical Presentation

The Worship Center

Grand Champion - Most Creative Use of Lights

Halifax County Middle School FFA

Grand Champion - Best Themed

Rice Tractor

The winners can pick up their trophies at the Main Street office of Destination Downtown South Boston, at 432 Main Street.

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