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SoBo Christmas parade sure to spread cheer

Bring the whole family to Downtown South Boston this Saturday and celebrate “I Believe...” when the South Boston Christmas Parade gets under way at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. and Elliott Electric, Inc., this year’s Christmas parade features the theme “I Believe...”

According to Destination Downtown South Boston Executive Director Tamyra  Vest, entries for this year’s yule event include five high school marching bands, 15 floats, musical groups, fire trucks, antique cars, dogs, equestrian entries and of course the Jolly Old Elf Himself ... Santa.

Participating bands include host band Halifax County High School Marching Blue Comets Band, Bartlett Yancey High School Buccaneer Band, J. F. Webb High School Marching Warrior Band, Dan River High School Marching Wildcats and Bluestone High School Marching Barons.

Participating floats include Arbor Baptist Church, Halifax County High School FFA, Cub Scout Pack No. 402, Berry Hill Revival Center, Halifax County Middle School, Abiding Branch Christian Ministries, County Line Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church AWANA Club, Dan River Baptist Church, The Worship Center, The New Attraction Band, Second Baptist Church, Berry Hill Baptist Church and Essence of Movement Dance Studio.

Vest noted the change in lineup for this year’s Christmas parade explaining the parade will line up one street south of where it normally does. 

Entries are to turn onto Chalmers Street by Enterprise Rent-A-Car to check-in, Vest said.

“This year’s parade is dedicated to the memory of Alex Williamson, Halifax County’s Forestry-One,” Vest said.

Williamson lost his life in a tragic freak accident while driving in North Carolina in March. 

“Alex meant a lot to this entire county”, said Sara Davis, parade coordinator. “He ‘believed’ in his community so much that he gave so much of himself to help others, and we want to dedicate this year’s Christmas Parade to his memory.”  

Hot chocolate and cookies will be for sale to benefit the Angel Tree Project.

The Gingerbread Cookie Cottage Workshop, sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club, will be held before the parade from 2:30 to 4:30 at South Boston United Martial Arts located at 323 Main Street in South Boston.

A $3 fee is charged for materials, and no childcare is provided.

Participants are asked to park behind the building and not to park on Main Street because of the parade.   
Sponsors for this year’s event are the following:

• Title Sponsor - Elliott Electric, Inc.;

• Gold Bells Sponsor - Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Halifax County/South Boston retail merchants Association;

• Silver Bells Sponsor - ABB;

• Jingle Bells Sponsor - Climate Control, Inc.;

• Communications Partner - Professional Communications; and

• Media Partners – WMDV-TV and 95.3 WHLF-FM.

Handicap parking for the parade will be available at the parking spaces on Wilborn Avenue at the Fire Support Building located at 801 Wilborn Ave., Vest said.