- Last Updated on 08:01 AM 12/09/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A cold crowd ushered in the Christmas season Saturday night during the annual South Boston Christmas Parade.
Parade watchers bundled up against the cold and got a holiday eyeful of four high school bands, various musical groups and a large number of floats, according to Christmas Parade Coordinator Sara Davis.
“The spirit of the season was felt by all when the annual Christmas Parade came to life in the streets of downtown South Boston,” said Davis.
“I’m pleased that Mother Nature cooperated with a chill in the air but no rain. The crowd was bigger than ever as they watched the parade that was filled with floats, antique cars, marching groups, bands, dogs, and of course, Santa.”
The parade featured a number of elaborately decorated floats, with parade entrants “really stepping it up,” according to Davis, and “putting a lot of hard work and time into their float building this year.
“Their enthusiasm showed in their work. The floats get more creative and elaborate each year. The floats are always such a crowd pleaser.”
South Boston Christmas Parade winners (first through third) among church floats were County Line Baptist Church, The Worship Center and Berry Hill Baptist Church.
The winners among non-profit floats (first through third) were Halifax County Middle School FFA, Halifax County High School FFA and Dan River Baptist Association.
We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy won first-place among business floats, with Essence of Movement Dance Academy placing second, and South Boston Pediatrics placing third.
Among musical groups, the Worship Center placed first, New Attraction Band placed second, and Berry Hill Baptist Church placed third.
Buck Wilmoth won for best antique car with his 1938 Plymouth business coupe, and James Allen won the “best dog” category with his dog, Lola, a Schnoodle.
Randy Tune won for Best Equestrian Entry with his horse, Goldie, a Paso Fino.
Berry Hill Baptist Church won for most creative use of lights, and winner for “Best Themed” was We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy.